Post-Brexit?

Ian was recently asked to give a speech at Child & Co Bank, which is one of these small historic banks owned by the RBS NatWest. The event was co-organised by Evolution Capital, and the audience were owners of technology businesses. Having bought over 25 tech companies, they wanted Ian's view on what the impact of Brexit would be on the appetite for UK technology acquisitions.
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Networking at the Summit

We are getting used to seeing in the news how the politicians are going to ensure that all the homes and offices in Great Britain are going to have 100% high speed fibre internet access in an ever-decreasing timescale plus the progress of the removal of the existing copper network in an even shorter timescale. Add to this the initial roll out of the various 5G networks, with or without Huawei, plus declared strategy statements that the ‘Internet is Ok’ and ‘Internet First’ for Government data, we have a cocktail of change which is causing both Suppliers and Customers to re-think their own strategy.           The Public Sector Networking Summits in London and Leeds are a great opportunity for the network suppliers and public sector customers to come together to talk about the changing customer needs, movements in technology and standards and the initiatives being taken by GDS, CCS and NHS-Digital to bring the different areas together. The two Summits at One Great George Street in London on 17thSeptember and a week later on 24thSeptember at Royal Armouries in Leeds are free for the Public Sector to attend. Industry sponsors include Capita, Exponential-e, KCOM, MLL Telecom, Redcentric, The Networking People, Virgin Media Business and Adept amongst others. It is with Adept that Lynne Magennis is talking to today. Adept have made a transformation from a Calls and Lines SME reseller into a mid-market supplier of a range of technologies. Paul Mathews, the Head of Business Development, is to talk about those changes.
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Internet First with MLL Telecom

When Matt Hancock announced that the NHS will adopt an Internet First strategy, it came as no surprise to those familiar to Public Sector telecommunications. As time has moved on, the detail of what Internet First actually means is becoming clearer. In this episode, Lynne Magennis talks to Ian Wilcox of MLL Telecom - one of the SME's who have been instrumental in transitioning an number of NHS customers from N3 to HSCN.
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Digitising the Health Service

Lynne Magennis talks to Exponential-e's Afshin Attari about the the digitising of the UK Health Service, who is being left behind and what the opportunities are.
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Moving NHS to Digital

Patrick Clark (NHS Digital) and Matt Agar (DCMS) talk to Lynne Magennis about fibre connection to all NHS sites
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Copper Out, Fibre In

Last year, in 2018, OpenReach announced the closure of the telephone network in six years’ time at the end of 2025. Since the announcement, a series of consultations have been taking place with Industry. The impact of the removal of the copper network, including tail circuits, telephone lines and more will be the biggest shakeup for UK telecoms since the privatisation of British Telecom in 1984. The rush to get Britain fibred is being led by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is becoming increasingly important in the event of Brexit to ensure that the UK is ready to take on the world. In this episode we try to bring to up to date with the progress so far.
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Moving to the Digital Workplace

In this episode we explore the transition and migration of Unified Communications services into the workplace. We explore what we mean by Unified Communications, the adoption of technology, the transition to the Digital Workplace and whether you need something as sophisticated as Microsoft Teams or would a mobile phone and Slack meet the requirements of the Millennials entering the workplace. Is the power to adopt in the hands of the ICT function or is it in the hands of the Users?
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Applying for Network Services 2

In the last episode of the Innopsis podcast, we brought you the view of a first time SME applicant, Opus Telecom, on their application for a major CCS Framework - Network Services 2. Whilst Opus had experience of applying for G-Cloud, the experience was very different for Network Services. In this episode we bring you the view of a more seasoned applicant, Telefonica O2. This is not the first application for Telefonica O2, nor are they an SME. So how did the application for Network Services 2 impact them? What did they think had improved? What still needs work?
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Competing for Frameworks

In this podcast, we talk to Craig Walden of Opus Telecom, an SME and a new potential supplier to the framework, about his experience about applying for a Framework. What was good and what could have been better?
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Bringing AI into Government

It’s nearly a year since the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) issued their policy “AI Sector Deal” in which they stated that they will put the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution. Given the opportunity for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to improve customer service, alongside an expanding use of software to update legacy-systems and automate simple tasks. Are we seeing growing investments in infrastructure planning, legal adjudication, fraud detection and citizen response systems representing the first phase in the ongoing digitisation of government? AI-based applications could potentially reduce backlogs and free workers from mundane tasks while, at the same time, cutting costs. To discuss this area further, Lynne Magennis talks to Jonathan Wright of consultancy organisation Digital Assured about their activity in this area
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New Innopsis member – Advice Cloud

We start 2019 with a new member, Advice Cloud. Advice Cloud are Public Procurement specialists and G-Cloud consultants, specialising in helping both Public and private organisations to buy and sell services including IT, Cloud Services, Business Process Outscourcing and Professional Services.
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What is the future like for Networking?

Andrew Halliwell, Product Director at Virgin Media Business tells us his outlook for 2019. What does he see for Networking in 2019? An Evolution? or Revolution? Listen to find out
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DNA – The key to our Future and Past

Being able to interrogate DNA data opens up the possibility of an exponential increase in irradicating dieseases and being able to increase food production, amongst a host of other benefits. Being able to share and process the enormous amount of data that mapping the DNA creates is one of the challenges that we face. Connie O’Donnell of Oxford Nanopore Technologies speaks to us about what they are working on in 2019.
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Helping the Community

On the sixth day of Christmas, we bring you Alyson Edmonds from O2 Telefonica, who is their Head of Digital Innovations. Alyson has recently won a place in the Top 100 women in Technology by the WeareTechWomen organisation which celebrates and encourages more women into the Technology Industry. We hope to feature Alyson and the work she is involved in with Telefonica in a podcast in the new year.
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Is more Government spend going to SMEs?

The present administration in Government have made it a manifesto commitment that more public sector spend will be given to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, that is organisations less than 250 employees with a revenue of less than £5m a year and a less than £43m in assets. The target is for SME’s to receive one in every three pounds that the public sector spends by 2022.
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Information Governance after GDPR.

At the end of 2018, we bring you Des Ward from the Common Framework who provides his view of Data Governance direction on 2019 and reflects on the impacts of GDPR.
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The Outlook for 2019

As we close out the year, Michael Bowyer reflects on 2018. What were the issues faced by Industry by the Public Sector? What impact did Brexit make to the marketplace? Looking forward to 2019, does the next year look to be better or worse for Suppliers of the Public Sector? Are there any more Carillon's   on the horizon?  Listen to Michael as he provides his view.
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Cognitive Technologies in 2019

Jonathan Wright has been working during 2018 in Silicon Valley with Apple and Paypal together with advising the UK Government on the implementation of Cognitive Technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. In this podcast, Jonathon tells us the top 10 technologies to look out for in 2019. Jonathan will feature in an Innopsis podcast in 2019
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Keeping close to your customer

Matthew Riley, the Chairman of Daisy Group speaks tells us what he thinks will change in 2019. Topics covered include understanding customer’s requirements, the Carillon impact and movement away from System Integrators in Government.
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Can you change Network Supplier easily?

This episode of the Innopsis podcast looks at the recent experience with an SME provider based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire regarding their experience of migrating 500 health customers from the old NHS N3 network to the new HSCN model. Lynne Magennis talks to Ben Mutch and Zoe Oxley from Nynet about their experience
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Is Public Procurement keeping up with Enterprise procurement?

At the of each year Innopsis renews its Directors. Three Directors step down and elections are held. This year, Kelvin Prescott has decided to leave his Innopsis post, as his work commitments at Telefonica are taking him away from the Government marketplace. In this episode, Richard Barnes talks to Kelvin about his time at Innopsis; what he gained from the experience and what he has seen change during his time within the Public Sector. Kelvin also shares with us, his thoughts of the future.
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Zero Trust?

Two and a half years ago, the government digital service put on their blog that the "Internet is Ok". What does that do to the Public Services Network? What security model, and WAN model are we going to see in the near future? None of us actually know the answers to those questions yet, including GDS, but they've already started work to define what the future Public Services Network will look like, through their initiative called The Future Network for Governments (FN4G).
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Local Full Fibre Network – What’s in it for us?

In this episode, Lynne Magennis talks to Martin Kemp from Cityfibre about the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Full Local Fibre Initiative. The government announced in 2018, that the entire UK should have access to full fibre internet by 2033. The announcement is just part of a technological revolution that’s being planned by the government to bring the UK back up to speed with the rest of the world.
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Why have a WAN?

On 20th January 2017, GDS issued a blog which had an impact on the telecoms world. The title of the blog; The Internet is Ok, reported that the Government’s Technology Leaders Network had decided that all Government data should traverse the Internet rather than the secure Public Services Network (PSN) designed by the Cabinet Office 7 years previously. Fourteen months later, GDS announced that they have a budget of over a third of a million pounds to hire consultants to discover the User Need. We will see if this changes from the ones quoted by Keith last year from the start of the PSN project. The consultants work is targeted to start in the Summer and last until the end of 2018. Following this, it is suggested that an automated mechanism is created to implement common standards, architectural patterns, guidance and service process to test and deploy effectively a replacement for PSN.  In ths episode, Mike Thomas introduces Keith Smith of Virgin Media who talks about Why have a WAN (Wide Area Network)?
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Encouraging Resellers to the Public Sector market

In this podcast, Kelvin Prescott talks to Nigel Sergent, the Managing Editor of Comms Dealer about the Reseller Channel. Kelvin asks Nigel about the opportunities offered to Resellers by selling to the Public Sector. With the encouragement of SME's over the last 10 years by the Government to supply them, what is stopping Resellers from seizing that opportunity?
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Network Services 2 – Supplier Briefing

During May 2018, Innopsis hosted a series of meetings in London, Leeds and Norwich pus two webinars for the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to discuss the plans for Network Services 2 Framework (RM3808) Richard Barnes talks to Mike Thomas, the person representing Innopsis at each of the event about some of the concerns raised and to discuss some of the activity that is to be undertaken over the course of the next few weeks as we prepare for the release of the Framework Section Process.
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The Framework Map

In this weeks podcast, Kelvin Prescott talks to Lynne Magennis about the new Innopsis Framework Map.
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Using the Mystery Shopper

Ian Fishwick asks Tim Colman, FSB, about - Who are the Federation of Small Businesses and what do they do? What the FSB are doing to help sub-contractors getting paid faster? What is the Prompt Payment Code? Where the Mystery Shopper service can help How Aggregated Procurements disadvantage SME's
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Where’s the Snake Oil in Information Governance and GDPR?

GDS have brought sweeping changes to the way the world of Government and Public Sector connects and uses IT systems. The new way of working relies on the user, or the organisation, taking responsibility for understanding their own risks and how they control their data. This reflects more the SME approach to data in the commercial world. However, whilst in the Enterprise space the end user can decide if they trust the organisation they are providing data to, there is no choice in the Public Sector. Failure to provide personal data is a criminal offence. Given this, how is Government coping with the fast approaching 25th May 2018 GDPR? How is it getting it's house into order to comply with the legislation that it is creating? Is GDPR hyped up? Are there more pressing issues?
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How do we make HSCN more attractive to Bid?

The project to replace the N3 network is the largest network project in Europe, if not the world. To faciliate the mutiple procurements needed, the Crown Commercial Service have implemented the new Dynamic Procurement System (DPS), HSCN Access (RM3825) 
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Who was winging IT and won this week?

This episode features Kelvin Prescott and Richard Barnes talking about the three recent NHS events, Carillion and the start of the next major Network procurement routes.
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What do NHS-Digital think is the reason for HSCN’s success?

This episode features a conversation between Patrick Clark, Head of Implementation and Communication at NHS-Digital regarding the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and Michael Bowyer, Chairman of Innopsis. Listen to the elements of HSCN that Patrick is pleased with, the concerns he has about implementation and the role that Innopsis has played.
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