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IT - 11 March 2010

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A round up of key recent events in information technology

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.

TOP FOUR STORIES

Online services will make savings

Digital inclusion champion Martha Lane Fox has said that local government is the key to reaching those without internet access. She said digitally excluded people tended to use more public services and councils would save money if a greater number of these transactions took place online. (LGCplus report)

First phase of council’s free internet plan completed

Swindon BC has completed the first phase of its plan to offer free internet access across the borough. The scheme is a joint venture with telecoms company Digital City. It is expected to save the council £150,000 on its telecoms budget. (LGCplus report)

Council websites ‘not ready to ease the cuts’

Few council websites can support the level of online self-service required to mitigate budget cuts, according to the Society of Information Technology Management’s annual Better Connected report. In 2009, 21% of visitors to council websites could not find what they were looking for. (LGCplus report)

IT crucial to councils in downturn, says survey

IT will be crucial to improving council performance as spending cuts take hold, Computing reports after a survey by IT firm Civica. Nearly 60% said IT would be a key investment area for service improvements even though 47% expected spending cuts. (Computing.co.uk report)

IT ROUND-UP

Digital inclusion

Big take-up for digital inclusion cash (LGCplus report)

Contracts

  • Manchester presses ahead with smartcard rollout (Computing.co.uk report)
  • IT companies that have relied on the public sector could be in for a rude awakening, according to research organisation TechMarketView. Even where contracts are renewed budget pressures mean these will be at keener prices. “The days of the mega-IT contract are gone and every piece of new business, however small, will be the subject of intense competition,” the organisation predicts. (TechMarketView press release)

Data capture

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Events

Socitm 2010 national conference, Society of Information Technology Management, 22 April, Birmingham.

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