Tom Read talks GDS’s future strategy

Tom Read talks GDS’s future strategy

Tom Read was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Government Digital Service in February 2021 – and he’s been busy since then!

For this month’s episode, Tom reflects on his tours inside and outside of digital government, takes us through the newly-launched GDS strategy for 2021-2024 and offers his take on why we’re switching gears from start-up mode – without losing any of GDS’s “secret sauce”…

UK government launches new £210m AI and quantum computing centre

UK government launches new £210m AI and quantum computing centre

The Government of UK has launched a new artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing centre with an investment of £210m in North West England.

Based in the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory in the Liverpool City Region, Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI) will create vacancies for 60 additional scientists.

The government collaborated with tech giant IBM to launch the new facility.

Through UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the UK government will make approximately £172m investment over five years, with £28m investment to come in the first year.

The remaining £38m funding is provided by IBM.

HNCDI will combine AI and quantum computing to support the latest technologies in industry and the public sector.

UK science minister Amanda Solloway said: “Artificial intelligence and quantum computing have the potential to revolutionise everything from the way we travel to the way we shop.

Oracle and Crown Commercial Service renew MoU to continue cloud use

Oracle and Crown Commercial Service renew MoU to continue cloud use

Oracle and the UK government’s Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) such that the supplier will facilitate access to its cloud infrastructure as well as its suite of cloud-delivered applications.
The agreement also covers the beefing up of what the supplier describes as its “government centre of excellence” to provide support and technical expertise to help public sector organisations make better use of Oracle Cloud.

Oracle and the government first signed a MoU in 2012, and last updated the arrangement in September 2019. Today’s renewal will last for three years, the supplier has confirmed.

The updated MoU will ensure that central, local and devolved governments, as well as all public service departments and agencies, such as NHS Trusts, are able to make continued use of Oracle Cloud. Public services will have access to the full suite of Oracle Cloud applications.

Network automation is ‘essential’ to Vodafone’s bid to become a true technology company

Network automation is ‘essential’ to Vodafone’s bid to become a true technology company

Vodafone’s ambition of being a true technology company, rather than a mere provider of telecoms services, is well documented. It is a strategy that permeates through its various projects at a UK and Group level, most recently through its extended partnership with Google Cloud.

Specifically, the Newbury-based firm wants to become a more agile, data-driven organisation capable of powering entirely new services that generate new sources of revenue for both itself and its customers. It wants to be a driver of innovation rather than just a vehicle.

In the UK, investments in fibre, 5G and IoT are all essential in achieving this goal. But central to everything is the transformation and consolidation of its mobile and fixed core networks into a single platform – Redstream.