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


Managing Digital Transformation in the Deregulated Water Market

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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’ in the post 1st April ‘open market’ will be water utilities who leverage the full potential of digital technology to drive competitive advantage in the following areas: engaging and connecting with customers;   …Continue Reading


Microsoft Enables Real Time IoT Dashboards in Power BI

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A previous blog post discussed the major changes currently taking place in the Business Intelligence and Analytics Platform market. As companies, across a diverse range of sectors, seek to derive actionable insight from the wealth of data being generated, the BI and Analytics Platform market is moving from IT-led enterprise reporting to business-led self-service analytics.   …Continue Reading


UK Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020 Published by GDS

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The UK Government’s long-awaited digital transformation strategy was published yesterday. It promises to radically change the way government departments and services work though digital technology “taking digital transformation further than ever before”. In a detailed blog post, Kevin Cunnington, Head of the Government Digital Service, summarised the 5 main themes of the report: Business transformation:   …Continue Reading


IR35 Change Brings Opportunity: Public Sector to Engage SME’s Now

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There has been a lot of talk recently about the UK Government’s planned changes to IR35 – the tax arrangements regulating self-employed IT contractors. As it stands, the current system does not require clients to deduct PAYE tax or National Insurance at source. The responsibility for declaration is placed on the contractor. For all public   …Continue Reading


Digital Leaders Outperform Digital Laggards

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Evidence is emerging of a growing digital divide between organisations who ‘get IT’ and those who don’t; between those using digital technology to successfully transform their business and those still stuck on the starting blocks. For example, in a recent blog post, we presented a Digital Maturity Index identifying four main types of organisation in   …Continue Reading