At next week's Intellect-Socitm Local Government Supplier Form, I'm presenting a session on public sector use of ICT in the current economic climate. Patrick Smith, from IBM, is presenting the view from the private sector.

So I've done a fair bit of reading of others' views in preparation. It's becoming ever clearer that the recession in the UK is going to be deep and prolonged, as Steve Bundred's article in Friday's Times made clear.

All the same, I'm not at all convinced that Gartner's suggested response is the right one. Reliability, now, is everything; minor disruption and outages cause disproportionate loss of productivity and, worse still, adversely impact confidence at a time when ICT should be relied upon to enable greater business efficiency.

I think Socitm's recently published Technology Trends report stands-up very well, although it was completed before the "Credit Crunch" had really taken hold. Anyhow, I'll look forward to reporting the conclusions of next week's meeting.

Apart from a few hours out to attend the funeral of a not long retired former Newham ICT colleague, I've had my head down, mostly in preparing for upcoming meetings, for the last two days.

It doesn't sound like much, I admit, but still my head's spinning - so I'm off to get some fresh air!