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Capita, CGI and Atos compete for Edinburgh's ICT services deal

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Competitive procurement to replace Edinburgh's outsourced BT contract is still ongoing

Passport office executive agency status to be scrapped

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Kent's Fire and Rescue and police force's shared command and control system saves costs and improves operations

Tech leaders cannot enable if they report to CFOs

26 Sep 2014 CIO News (Mark Chillingworth)

CIOs working for the CFO cannot position technology as a strategic enabler within the organisation says the new CDO at The British Library, Richard Boulderstone.

Government mandates Cyber Essentials for public-sector supply chain

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Compliance with the Cyber Essentials Scheme will be mandatory for IT suppliers to government from 1 October 2014

Government CTO Liam Maxwell commits to GDS until 2018

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Whitehall chief technology officer Liam Maxwell has committed to the Government Digital Service beyond the election

Greater Manchester councils plan ‘radical step’ towards joint work

26 Sep 2014 LocalGov News

Worst austerity still to come, public sector warned

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Welsh authorities tender for shared public protection framework

25 Sep 2014 GCN News

19 local authorities formally commit to supporting framework to facilitate share code and tools for developing public protection services

Tinder Foundation reveals its digital inclusion findings

25 Sep 2014 GCN News

Evaluation of DWP and DCLG-backed Digital Deal reveals need for long-term investment to get the digitally-excluded to transact online

Worcestershire to appoint HP for managed ICT services deal

25 Sep 2014 GCN News

HP expected to oversee transformation of council's IT service delivery model and migration from legacy platforms

Bash Shellshock bug puts servers, SCADA and web world at risk

25 Sep 2014 Alastair Stevenson

Expect targeted attacks on governments, industry and critical infrastructure warns security experts

G-Cloud sales reach £270m, but growth drops by £10m

25 Sep 2014 Roland Moore-Colyer

SMEs still drive sales through the government’s cloud-procurement framework

77% o CIOs say digital is impacting customer experience

25 Sep 2014 CIO News (Mark Chillingworth)

Customer experience and interactions has dramatically altered the business models of 77% o CIOs, a CIO Summit survey carried out yesterday reveals.

What to expect from Europe’s NIS Directive

25 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (William Long)

With cyber crime on the rise, the European Union is trying to fight back with its NIS Directive. The five main points are oulined here

Why you should drop staff who are not cloud savvy

25 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Cliff Saran)

CIOs may need to lose staff who are not prepared to move to new ways of working brought on by cloud computing

BT touts copper-boosting 1Gbps G.Fast broadband technology

25 Sep 2014 Dan Worth

Innovation could radically alter the broadband landscape

Polish banking, energy and public services weigh up benefits of big data applications

25 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Krzysztof Polak)

For many Polish institutions big data is still only in the planning stage, but banks and the energy and public sectors are beginning to use the technology

Maintain support for 'armchair auditors', councils urged

25 Sep 2014 LocalGov News

The NHS faces the biggest funding challenge in its history

25 Sep 2014 Health Service Journal

More money is only part of the answer

Public sector change may drive more rigorous assessment of cyber threats

25 Sep 2014 GCN News

Government Computing and CSC survey reveals how public sector managers are getting to grips with growing challenges posed by cyber threats

Software body expects increase in SME-large supplier linkups

24 Sep 2014 GCN News

Trade group believes SMEs will increasingly have to collaborate with larger companies to overcome the cost and regulatory pressures of public sector IT deals

BlackBerry Passport delivers a real keyboard and high-res screen to business

24 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Cliff Saran)

BlackBerry has introduced its Passport smartphone featuring a 4.5in hi-res screen, a qwerty keyboard and 13MP camera

Let’s reclaim email, says HMRC cyber security head

24 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Warwick Ashford)

Government and industry must tackle spam to reclaim email as a communications channel, says head of cyber security at HMRC

Reasons for councils to avoid large-scale outsourcing? – lessons learnt report

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The Met mulls “significant change” to its FoI policy

23 Sep 2014 GCN News

Service considers centralising staff dealing with FoI responses into single unit as part of long-term response to “problem” of dealing with high number of requests

Last council finally connects to PSN

23 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Caroline Baldwin)

The last remaining local authority has moved to the public services network (PSN) almost six months past the deadline

Boards need technology expertise and diverse skill sets

23 Sep 2014 CIO News (Edward Qualtrough)

CIOs can improve their performance by serving as non-executive directors away from their own organisations, while companies not arming their boards with technical skills are under serious threat.

Investment needed to tackle digital divide, says Go ON UK

23 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Caroline Baldwin)

Investment on internet infrastructure needs to be complemented by skills investment, says Go ON UK deputy CEO

Labour activists call for £10bn plan to make UK a leading digital economy

23 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Bryan Glick)

Digital activists in the Labour party want it to commit to a £10bn, five-year plan to make the UK the world’s leading digital economy

Google to build giant '40-football pitch' datacentre in the Netherlands

23 Sep 2014 ComputerWeekly (Archana Venkatraman)

Google will invest €600m to build a giant, 120-megawatt datacentre in the Netherlands

Deloitte claim CIOs struggle to drive IT innovation

23 Sep 2014 CIO News (Antony Savvas)

Driving digital strategies and big data analytics are the key technology investments for CIOs next year, although their role in shaping technology strategies is "uncertain", according to research from accounting and advisory house Deloitte.

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