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

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.

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.

The Fifth day of Christmas Podcast

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.

The Third day of Christmas Podcast

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.

The Second day of Christmas Podcast

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

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.

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).

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.

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)?

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?

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.

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?

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.