Nothing ups your Zoom game like a good webcam, but right now, they’re a little hard to come by. At the start of the pandemic, webcams flew off (digital) shelves, and manufacturers have struggled to keep up with the new level of demand. If you’ve had a hard time nabbing one at a stomachable price, there are work-arounds. For example, we have a guide on using your smartphone as a webcam. Another option? Professional cameras.
A new procurement framework developed by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) has been launched to assist public sector organisations to purchase cost-effective IT solutions, potentially saving an estimated £75m.
The Digital Workplace Solutions Framework offers consumer-orientated technologies across a complete range of software and IT infrastructure areas from 28 well-established public sector suppliers, who have been carefully-selected to best meet the framework users’ needs.
The coronavirus crisis has renewed the need for a radical overhaul of the way Whitehall operates, according to a new commission consisting of business leaders, MPs and former government officials.
The Commission for Smart Government, launched by the Project for Modern Democracy think-tank, has been established to provide guidance to ministers on ways to transform central government.
As the heatwave starts to breakdown we’ve begun to see a growing number of “severe” thunderstorms strike across the UK, some of which have already caused damage to telecoms infrastructure. At present the worst incident has occurred in Edinburgh after a telephone exchange was flooded, but more storms are forecast
Forrester predicts that, due to the coronavirus and resulting recessions, tech spending in Europe will decline by 5% to 7% in 2020 from 2019 levels in the most optimistic case.
Three countries – the UK, France, and Germany – were evaluated, with the UK found to be the most vulnerable out of the three, with a deeper decline in 2020 and continued, but slightly less negative, declining growth in 2021. France and Germany, meanwhile, are said to be more likely to experience modest recoveries in 2021.
Government’s newly created Data Standards Authority has published its first set of guidelines to inform the use and sharing of data across Whitehall.
The DSA is a cross-government entity that sits within the Government Digital Service, which will work in close collaboration with the Office for National Statistics and representatives of major departments. The data unit’s creation was supported by a £16.4m tranche of funding provided by the spring budget to improve government’s use of data and thereby deliver more “personalised” services to citizens.