According to a National Audit Office report released last week, the UK government will need to spend £725 million over the next five years on training new digital staff. Two thousand new hires with digital expertise will also need to be employed to keep up with the pace of demand. Commenting on the emerging digital skills crisis in the public sector, NAO claim that Government ...

In our first blog post of 2017, we argued that successful digital transformation requires a combination of technology AND organisational change. Effective use of digital technology and excellence in software development provide the foundations for working differently. The greatest business value is derived, however, when technology is used to support organisational change, tra ...

Earlier this month, we reported that an article by Stephen Beer, Bridgeall MD, had just been published on Utility Week, the leading hub web site for the UK utility industry – Digital Transformation in the Deregulated Water Market. The article questioned whether the industry was ready digitally for the post-1st April competitive market. Water company management should assess th ...

Building on our considerable experience* in the water utility sector, an article by Stephen Beer, Bridgeall MD, has just been published on the Utility Week web site...

 

In a recent update to their Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide, IDC are forecasting investment of $1.2 trillion on digital transformation (DX) technologies this year, an increase of 17.8% over 2016. With an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9% over the period 2015-2020, DX spending is forecast to reach $2.0 trillion by 2020. The report argues that ...

An article, published yesterday on the Kable information management and public services web site, seems to provide a preview of what may be included in the updated National Digital Strategy for Scotland, to be published soon. Based on comments from a Government spokesperson, the article suggests four main strands to the refreshed digital strategy covering data, collaboration, ...

This looks like an interesting exhibition and conference being organised by Utility Week Live built around what they consider to be the top ten technologies transforming the utility industry. These include: Cloud Computing, Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Geographical Information Systems, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Smart Metering, Solar and Wind ...

A new report from McKinsey provides further evidence of a strong positive correlation between digital maturity and subsequent financial performance (see also our previous blog post Digital Leaders Outperform Digital Laggards). In an era of rapid digital change and digital disruption, the report concludes that “bold, tightly integrated digital strategies will be the biggest dif ...

In a recent blog post, we argued that there would be ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the deregulated non-domestic water market in England. ‘Winners’ in the post 1st April ‘open market’ will be water utilities who leverage the full potential of digital technology to drive competitive advantage in the following areas: engaging and connecting with customers; building digital operating ...

The UK Government’s long-awaited digital transformation strategy was published yesterday. It promises to radically change the way government departments and services work though digital technology “taking digital transformation further than ever before”. In a detailed blog post, Kevin Cunnington, Head of the Government Digital Service, summarised the 5 main themes of the repo ...