Keep Calm and Corona On

Keep Calm and Corona On

On the 3rd March 2020, the UK government released its coronavirus action plan. The high-level synopsis describes 4 phases of dealing with the coronavirus: contain, delay, research and mitigate. Whilst the UK is currently within the contain phase, PM Johnson has expressed that this may not be enough and the UK may be forced to enter the delay phase at some point in the near future. Despite the UK government assuring the general public that it is well prepared for an unforeseen event such as this, global fear continues to grow, as seen by the extreme cases of panic buying. In these situations, it is worthwhile to remain calm, assess the situation, learn from our mistakes and prepare for the future.

In this blog post, I would like to cover a handful of potential ICT market shifts that could result from the COVID-19 outbreak, with a particular focus on UK health and social care.

GDS works on joining up government services

GDS works on joining up government services

The GDS is assembling a business case as information about the impact of disjointed government offerings is gathered

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has allocated a team to put together a business case together for joined-up government services.

Skype vs. Zoom: Which video chat app is best for working from home?

Skype vs. Zoom: Which video chat app is best for working from home?

If the coronavirus has your office working remotely, here’s how to keep in touch.

Many more offices might soon be issuing a work-from-home policy as cases of the coronavirus increase around the world. To date, there are over 100,000 cases globally. Tech giants including Apple have mandated their employees work remotely and instituted aid for hourly workers.

The biggest govtech deals of the week (09/03/20)

The biggest govtech deals of the week (09/03/20)

This is the latest instalment of an exclusive series analysing the UK’s biggest public sector tech deals. In partnership with GlobalData, we’ve drilled down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week…

The top prior information notices –

O2 Seeking to Become UK’s First Net Zero Mobile Network

O2 Seeking to Become UK’s First Net Zero Mobile Network

Mobile operator O2 has today announced that it aims to become the UK’s “first net zero mobile network.” As part of that they’ve pledged to remove carbon emissions from their entire business and network by the end of 2025, whilst also working with supply chain partners to cut emissions by 30%

Ethical technology, human experience platforms among Deloitte’s 2020 tech trends

Ethical technology, human experience platforms among Deloitte’s 2020 tech trends

With the new year in full swing, executives are evaluating how best to leverage their technological tools and stay ahead of the curve.
Deloitte recently released “Tech Trends 2020,” the company’s 11th annual evaluation of emerging technology trends. Several trends that the company highlighted in the report have emerged in reaction to long-term IT challenges, while others address the technological needs of large firms, Deloitte said.
The Tech Trends 2020 report updates last year’s focus on nine macro technology forces: digital experience, analytics, cloud, core modernization, risk, the business of technology, digital reality, cognitive, and blockchain.

How the public sector is lighting the way with digital innovation

How the public sector is lighting the way with digital innovation

Where is ‘innovation’ truly happening? For some, the word conjures up locations prefixed by ‘Silicon’; for others, it’s just another buzzword. What doesn’t always come to mind is the public sector. Yet it’s here that technological innovation is actually happening: practical, applicable innovation that’s making a genuine difference to people’s lives every day.
At least, that’s the viewpoint of Matt Spencer, Head of Public Sector at O2. He took some time to speak with Public Sector Executive about exactly why he and the wider company are looking to the public sector to be the standard-bearers for real digital transformation.