Philip Littleavon, Simon Norbury and I met in Philip’s office at Richmond House to discuss my feedback from colleagues on Government Connect Code of Connection compliance progress - and to agree on the package of support to be launched at next week’s Socitm Conference.

I was pleased with the outcome, and I’m confident that we have a pragmatic way forward that will cement Local Government commitment to what will become a pan-Government strategy for appropriate, safe and secure data sharing.

I’m convinced that by throwing our weight behind the achievement of a secure Government infrastructure after, let’s face it, years of fragmentation, procrastination and wasted effort, the public sector ICT profession can considerably extend its authority, consistent with the new agenda that Socitm will be proposing at next week’s conference.

Adrian was at a meeting that lasted most of the day in detailed planning of the Society’s new CRM implementation. Following which we had a long telephone conversation to bring one another up-to-date on our mutual activities.

It was a week ago that Adrian asked “Will you have any gaps when we could have a catch-up call – as things continue to move at breakneck speed?” For one reason, or another, our conversation was delayed until today!

My day ended in catching-up with further correspondence that had been outstanding too long, checking the minutes of the last board meeting, preparing the agenda for the next (at Conference) - then seeing how the sponsorship for tomorrow night is going. Wow! Not too bad!