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Digital public management

The move to digital involves a complete re-imagining of public services

Many public sector organisations are struggling with the scale and significance of the changes in public service culture that citizens expect and that digital entails. read more

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Open, modern government requires open standards

It's now time to move from wordsmithing into delivery

Despite opposition from noisy vested interests, the UK government's latest consultation on its Standards Hub tackles the vexed issue of open document formats - and how best to enable government, citizens, businesses, and voluntary groups to work more efficiently together. read more

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Supplier management

Pantomime villains and heroes

Continued cross-party commitment is needed for IT reform to succeed

It's usually around this time in the electoral cycle that the political parties begin to consider what to include in their next manifesto. Will IT be hissed at yet again as the tabloid's favourite pantomime villain (aiding and abetting criminals, terrorists and corporation tax-avoiding IT fat cats), or cheered on as the glittering hero (providing us with better public services)? read more

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True leadership value – conquering the summit

Out of all the current changes, rebuilding in-house capability and developing empowered, inspirational and delivery-focused technology leaders probably matters most

September's 2013 CIO Summit showcased what true technology leadership means. It shone a bright, inspiring light on those doing the right thing, busy improving organisations and services through a relentless focus on their users’ needs – and cast into shadow those elsewhere who have made "enterprise IT" such a derogatory and discredited phrase. read more

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Strategy

Time for obsolete procurement to have a digital makeover

The pioneering mindset that brought us G-Cloud now needs to become the new normal across all areas of procurement

The government's Service Design Manual and exemplar projects are driving a spike through out-dated, silo approaches to public service design and operations - cutting across both arbitrary organisational hierarchies and traditional procurement practice. So too the success of G-Cloud and the CloudStore are helping bring government services into the 21st century. read more

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CIO Career

Technology leadership and the CIO 100

It's surely no coincidence that so many CIO 100 attendees highlighted a constructive, mutually-supportive relationship with their organisation's leadership teams

The 2013 CIO 100 champagne reception was an entertaining evening of thoughtful conversation, insight and humour. One recurrent soundbite was that 'CEOs get the CIOs they deserve', reflecting how top calibre CIOs have both backing and buy-in at the highest levels to deliver their true value. Many CxOs spoke positively about their leadership teams, welcoming the support and space they had to deliver the leadership, innovation, challenge and transformation the role demands. read more

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Challenging times for public sector CxOs

Public sector CxOs, such as those in the CIO100, must continue to focus on the needs of users

Slower than expected progress on reducing our national budget deficit and national debt means public sector CxOs are not just looking for short-term quick fixes, essential as they are. read more

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CIO Career

The CxO factor

The new government CTO role is a nod towards corporate-style IT. Where does it leave the CIOs?

The government-wide CIO role has been abolished and a corporate, government-wide CTO role created, all part of continuing changes to IT governance in Whitehall. This mirrors developments in other organisations, where corporate CTO functions now own and deliver technology leadership. read more

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