NHS Digital Academy to Develop 300 Digital Leaders

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Our previous blog post and Utility Week article argued that digital leaders were urgently required in the post-1st April deregulated water market in England. An earlier post presented a similar case for digital leadership in one of the other key sectors we operate in namely, North Sea Oil and Gas – see Do Oil and   …Continue Reading


Water Deregulation: Digital Leaders Urgently Required

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Earlier this month, we reported that an article by Stephen Beer, Bridgeall MD, had just been published on Utility Week, the leading hub web site for the UK utility industry – Digital Transformation in the Deregulated Water Market. The article questioned whether the industry was ready digitally for the post-1st April competitive market. Water company   …Continue Reading


Data Quality Critical to the Success of ‘Open Water’

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In a recent blog post, we argued that there would be ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in the deregulated non-domestic water market in England. ‘Winners’ will be water utilities who leverage the full potential of digital technology to drive competitive advantage in at least five key areas: engaging and connecting with customers; building digital operating advantage; deriving   …Continue Reading


Socitm: Local Authorities Spend Just 2.4% of Budget on IT

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Interesting new evidence on the state of IT spend in UK local government has just been released by Socitm (the society for IT practitioners in the public sector). Given the high priority currently being attached to the digital transformation of public services, it is surprising to note that UK local authorities are spending just 2.4%   …Continue Reading


Our Utility Week Post on ‘Digital Transformation in the Deregulated Water Market’

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Building on our considerable experience* in the water utility sector, an article by Stephen Beer, Bridgeall MD, has just been published on the Utility Week web site. With only three weeks to go until the English business water retail market opens to competition, the article questions whether the industry is ready digitally for deregulation? There   …Continue Reading


Has the Mass Exodus of Public Sector IT Contractors Started?

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In a previous blog post, we discussed the potential implications of planned changes to the tax arrangements regulating self-employed IT contractors working in the public sector. The proposed changes to IR35, which come into effect in April of this year, could lead to many contractors ‘jumping ship’ to the private sector where the new rules   …Continue Reading


Worldwide Spend on Digital Transformation Technologies to Reach $1.2 Trillion in 2017; $2 Trillion by 2020

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In a recent update to their Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide, IDC are forecasting investment of $1.2 trillion on digital transformation (DX) technologies this year, an increase of 17.8% over 2016. With an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9% over the period 2015-2020, DX spending is forecast to reach $2.0 trillion by 2020.   …Continue Reading


A Preview of the Refreshed National Digital Strategy for Scotland?

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An article, published yesterday on the Kable information management and public services web site, seems to provide a preview of what may be included in the updated National Digital Strategy for Scotland, to be published soon. Based on comments from a Government spokesperson, the article suggests four main strands to the refreshed digital strategy covering   …Continue Reading


The Utility Industry: Top Ten Transformation Technologies (Infographic)

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This looks like an interesting exhibition and conference being organised by Utility Week Live built around what they consider to be the top ten technologies transforming the utility industry. These include: Cloud Computing, Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Geographical Information Systems, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Smart Metering, Solar and Wind – see Infographic   …Continue Reading


The Case for Digital Reinvention

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A new report from McKinsey provides further evidence of a strong positive correlation between digital maturity and subsequent financial performance (see also our previous blog post Digital Leaders Outperform Digital Laggards). In an era of rapid digital change and digital disruption, the report concludes that “bold, tightly integrated digital strategies will be the biggest differentiator   …Continue Reading