Starting in September of last year, we published a series of five blog posts presenting best-practice advice covering strategic use of the cloud. Based on an extensive review of current research on cloud adoption trends around the world, The Cloud (Part 1) concluded that a tipping point had been reached. Over the next few years, worldwide cloud adoption would increase exponent ...

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 ...

Our previous blog post and Utility Week article argued that digital leaders were urgently required in the post-1st April deregulated water market in England. An earlier post presented a similar case for digital leadership in one of the other key sectors we operate in namely, North Sea Oil and Gas – see Do Oil and Gas Boardrooms Lack Digital Focus? It was with great interest, ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 previous blog post, we discussed the potential implications of planned changes to the tax arrangements regulating self-employed IT contractors working in the public sector. The proposed changes to IR35, which come into effect in April of this year, could lead to many contractors ‘jumping ship’ to the private sector where the new rules will not apply. This would have a maj ...

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 ...