Bridgeall is delighted to be appointed to DPS, the Scottish Government’s new Dynamic Purchasing System aimed at simplifying the procurement of digital services. The appointment reflects our growing expertise in transforming service delivery across diverse public sector organisations. Projects have included a 4,000 seat SharePoint, Office 365 and Intranet deployment for Scotti ...

As recently reported, GDS (Government Digital Service) is taking part in an OECD initiative to reform Government technology procurement, making it more “open, flexible, transparent and agile”. Working with peers in other countries, a playbook is being developed aimed at “reshaping government technology procurement to create a vibrant, diverse economy of digital and technology ...

Recent research by PwC highlights a number of concerns re-the state of digital in UK local authorities. These include a lack of preparedness for cyber-attacks and a significant decline in confidence in the ability of local authorities to implement digital transformation. This is happening against a background where there is growing citizen appetite to have more services delive ...

Although based on US research, an interesting new report from McKinsey adds value to the on-going debate regarding public sector digital transformation in the UK, especially organisational barriers to change. Based on case examples dating back to the 1980s, the main theme of the report is that public sector organisations are perfectly capable of being nimble and agile in times ...

The first post in our new blog series on Accelerating Digital argued that the urgency of digital transformation is now widely accepted by most senior executives. Few remain to be convinced about the disruptive impact of emerging technologies. With the focus shifting from the WHY to the HOW of transformation, Post 3 hinted at a growing ‘digital gap’ between where many organisat ...

Governments around the world, including the UK, are spending a lower percentage of their IT budgets on digital initiatives when compared with the private sector, or other parts of the public sector, according to a new report by Gartner. Based on a worldwide survey of 2,598 CIOs from 93 countries, responsible for $292 billion in IT spend, Gartner concludes that government organ ...

In a previous post, we identified Five Key Pillars of Successful Digital Transformation. These included: a) building a Digital Operating Advantage by leveraging the full potential of digital technology for maximising efficiency and reducing costs and b) deriving Actionable Insight from data analytics. The scale of the public sector opportunity in these two areas has been hi ...

Research conducted by iGov Survey, in January/February 2017, evaluated the digital transformation progress being made by UK central and local government. Based on responses from 235 individuals representing 180 unique organisations, the report concludes that a major ‘digital gap’ still exists between how services are currently delivered and how they should be delivered in a mo ...

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 ...

Interesting new evidence on the state of IT spend in UK local government has just been released by Socitm (the society for IT practitioners in the public sector). Given the high priority currently being attached to the digital transformation of public services, it is surprising to note that UK local authorities are spending just 2.4% of their overall budget on IT. This include ...