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IT - 29 April 2010

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A round up of key recent reports and events in information technology.

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

TOP FOUR STORIES

Broadband pledge criticised

The three main political parties’ commitment to universal broadband was criticised by industry experts as lacking ambition, being scant on detail and offering little in the way of real business advantage to the UK. (Computing.co.uk report)

Chiefs urged to beef up council websites

The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) told council chief executives that most of their websites were not good enough to save money. Traditional council website design gives equal weight to hundreds of different services, which Socitm called a “deeply flawed approach”. (LGCplus report)

Social media’s role doubted

Social media tools are not an integral part of the general election campaign, according to IT consultancy Ovum. It said online discussion about the election revolved almost exclusively around an established group of politicians, journalists and interest groups, not the general public. (Data Monitor press release)

Data breach over council’s stolen laptop

St Albans City & DC was found in breach of the Data Protection Act over a stolen laptop. The council signed an undertaking with the Information Commissioner’s Office to make staff and contractors aware of security procedures. (LGCplus report)

IT ROUND-UP

Policy

  • Head of policy at the Society of Information Technology Management Martin Ferguson proposed a seven-point plan for IT in public services. Mr Ferguson called for: significant lowering of the cost base of public services through the use of IT; reform of IT governance; focus on public services outcomes; re-thinking design; better security to give confidence in information; more intelligent procurement; and continued development of IT professionals. (Computer Weekly report)

Procurement

  • Public sector IT buyers do not want use of the proposed government G-Cloud to be mandatory, according to consultancy K2 Advisory’s report Cloud Computing - a step-change for IT services. It said that many public sector IT buyers think G-Cloud should be an opt-in sourcing method and are sceptical of both the savings and the carbon reduction claims. (K2 Advisory press release)
  • Public sector procurement agency Buying Solutions has a new framework agreement for commoditised IT hardware and software, on which 20 suppliers are listed. It replaces the IT Goods and Associated Services Framework Agreement, which expires on 30 April, and which Buying Solutions said had saved users £62m in 2008-09. The framework is divided into lots for desktop hardware, IT infrastructure hardware and software. (Buying Solutions press release)

Practice

Troubled patient record programme suspended (LGCplus report)

Event

Pulling together towards a common future, Society of Information Technology Management, 27 May, Birmingham.

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