There has been a lot of talk recently about the UK Government’s planned changes to IR35 – the tax arrangements regulating self-employed IT contractors. As it stands, the current system does not require clients to deduct PAYE tax or National Insurance at source. The responsibility for declaration is placed on the contractor. For all public sector clients, this is due to change ...

Evidence is emerging of a growing digital divide between organisations who ‘get IT’ and those who don’t; between those using digital technology to successfully transform their business and those still stuck on the starting blocks. For example, in a recent blog post, we presented a Digital Maturity Index identifying four main types of organisation in terms of digital capability ...

In a long overdue Guidance Note, the Government Digital Service (GDS) has endorsed use of the public cloud. In a statement clearly intended to allay public sector concerns about cloud security, the document states: ‘It’s possible for public sector organisations to safely put highly personal and sensitive data into the public cloud. Many UK departments have made this decision ...

As we enter 2017, the English water industry faces a range of challenges. Two of the most important of these are deregulation of non-domestic water supply and digital transformation. Deregulation From the 1st April this year, and following the example set by Scotland in 2008, 1.2 million commercial water customers in England (businesses, charities and public sector organisat ...

A very Happy New Year to our customers, business associates, friends and the Bridgeall team. After much talk, maybe too much talk and not enough action, will 2017 be the year when organisational transformation for the digital era becomes mainstream? We certainly hope so. The argument in favour of transforming digitally has been won. The real focus now should be on the ‘how’. ...

Digital transformation has become the top priority for public sector Chief Financial Officers according to new research carried out by management consultancy EY and reported on the Kable web site. Almost 60% of the CFOs surveyed stated that improving performance through the use of digital technology was the most important strategic priority facing their organisation. As a cons ...

New research results have just been published highly relevant to our current series of blog posts on the future of North Sea Oil and Gas. Conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the prestigious Fraser of Allander Institute, the 25th Oil and Gas Survey concluded that the crisis affecting the sector may be reaching a turning point. The major ...

The growing importance of data analytics to the future survival and growth of North Sea oil (see Post 1) is being accompanied by significant changes in the Business Intelligence and Analytics Platform market. In particular, with the successful oil and gas companies of the future seeking to develop advanced analytic skills to derive actionable insight from the wealth of data bei ...

There has been considerable press coverage this week about a new PwC report on the future of North Sea Oil. With an estimated 30 billion barrels still remaining, the sector has the potential for carrying on for several decades. This will be dependent, however, on fixing fundamental problems including lack of funding and new investment, lack of leadership and innovation, fragme ...

Big congratulations are due to our team here at Bridgeall in achieving the Microsoft Gold Application Development Competency. As the highest level of achievement within the Microsoft Partner Network, the Gold Application Development Competency demonstrates our deep and practical expertise and skills in software development and an assurance of our ability to provide the best Mi ...