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Inform Quarterly Digest

Inform Quarterly Digest Winter 2018


Welcome to the first of new quarterly publication roundups - a terrific resource detailing all of the briefings, reports, blogs and more Socitm has published during the previous season...


Inform Briefings


Cybersecurity: Practical steps for protecting your digital channels. Part 2 

The second in a series of two briefings on making your digital channels safer for citizens. Building upon the steps set out in the first briefing, this publication details some of the practical resources - many free to use - to better secure our networks and devices. 


Integrated Care. Part 1

It has been clear for many years that attempting to push the NHS’s current hospital-centric model of care to meet rising demand is treating the symptom, not the underlying causes. This briefing features case studies of nine integrated care models from across the country.


Blockchain: the background, basics and potential for local government services

Bitcoin might get all the headlines but there’s a lot more to blockchain than just cryptocurrency – and it could be a game changer for the public sector.



Policy Briefings


Technology and the public sector 2018

This briefing presents some IT/digital-focused predictions and priorities for the coming year, set in the context of the public sector, especially local authorities, with a particular focus on technology change and its impact on the future of local, place-based delivery of public services.




Inform Reports


ICT shared services. Guide 4: Shared service types

The fourth in our series of guides offering new insights and tools to support local public service organisations and, in particular, their ICT leaders as they embrace more and deeper shared service arrangements.


ICT shared services. Guide 5: The importance of ICT

The fifth report in our shared service series explores beyond the scope for simply sharing services to discover the special place of ICT as a key enabler of wider shared service initiatives. 


ICT shared services. Guide 6: A review of IT shared services

The sixth of our guides on shared services in local government provides an update on the ‘Trailblazers’ from our 2011 report, identifies some new leading examples, and presents findings from a survey of shared ICT services activity.




President’s Report


In this President’s Report, Socitm President Geoff Connell talks about recent funding and cyber defence developments with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Crown Commercial Service and the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government, among others.




In Our View


The winter 2018 issue of In Our View explores how councils can run ‘smart’ projects to support citizens rather than suppliers.

Also in this issue: joining up IT in a decentralised Germany; the Personal View of Socitm vice president Sandra Taylor; and an interview with Theo Blackwell on his London CDO job. Additionally, we have a regional news round-up; a letter from Socitm president, Geoff Connell; and we meet Pepper, a state of the art child-size robot designed to help transform the way Southend Council delivers social care services.  




Member Blogs


Better outcomes in ICT: Discovery, redesign & capability

By Martin Ferguson, Socitm Director of Policy & Research


How Socitm is helping councils improve cybersecurity

By Matt Smith, Secretary of Socitm London, and Group Manager, ISfL (London’s public sector Warp)


Legacy systems: Are we ready for the transition?

By Chris Riley, Socitm Vice President and ICT Manager at Lancaster City Council




We’d like you to help shape our research…

What subjects, themes, policies and technologies would you like to see us covering in our briefings, reports, blogs and so on? We would love to hear from you, so please let us know by getting in touch with our main office: 

01604 709456