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Jos Creese becomes BCS president as he retires from CIO role

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Veteran public sector CIO Jos Creese has been inaugurated as the next President of the chartered institute for IT, the BCS at its AGM today. Creese is currently CDO of Hampshire County Council, having changed job title from CIO. Ray Long, a Director at the Department for Work and Pensions, has been named as Deputy President.

Government deputy CTO tells public sector to stop running data centres

18 Mar 2015 CIO News (Charlotte Jee)

Government Deputy CTO Magnus Falk said public sector organisations need to stop running their own data centres in-house in his first conference appearance since joining the Government Digital Service (GDS) last August when he spoke at the Public Sector ICT summit yesterday.

Public sector slow to pick up on the internet of things, says Gartner

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A Gartner report predicts smart city deployments will be heavily skewed towards the private sector, leaving the public sector trailing

HM Revenue & Customs moves UK tax systems to the cloud

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) starts moving the IT systems that collect tax to the cloud, with much of the work going to Fujitsu

Warwickshire eyes April target for ID framework

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Council expects the first of three frameworks required to support ID assurance rollout across local government to be finished next month

London looks forward to controlling its health and care budget

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