My latest report to Socitm members was published today.

From Llandrindod Wells, I drove to Birmingham for a meeting in Glyn Evans' office at Birmingham City Council's impressive edifice in Victoria Square, and felt really important being let-in to park in the Council House's courtyard!

Glyn, Mick Pythian ("The Great E-mancipator"), myself and Local CIO Council Chair, Jos Creese, had arranged today's discussion in advance of next week's Local CIO Council meeting to prioritise and structure the agenda for that and future meetings.

We agreed the CIO Council should (and can afford to) only focus on areas where we can make a real difference, and we pruned the proposed work programme accordingly. Our efforts will be grouped under the following broad areas (including mandatory projects where they do not readily fall under these themes):

  • Efficiency
  • Partnership
  • Government infrastructure
  • Information Assurance

In a number of areas, such as Green IT, we agreed to maintain a "watching brief", although some aspects will certainly be addressed directly by work in the core themes. We agreed, also, to ensure effective linkage to key activities already being progressed elsewhere, such as the Data Quality work being led by Brent.

We recognised the need to align with the 35 Government projects that we understand have been identified by the DCLG, and with the Central CIO Council.

The other main point of discussion was resourcing, and CIO Council members' roles as sponsors of the activities it instigates or are brought under its remit.

...And then home to work on that pesky backlog, although there is still several days' worth as I knock-off to start my weekend.

Finally, this week, heart-felt thanks, and farewell, to Joye, who has been a brilliant Personal Assistant to Geoff and I, but, having taken voluntary redundancy, her last day working for Newham was today. Joye - I don't know how I'm going to manage without you, but all the best for the future!

Have a good weekend.