On Collaboration

Reposted with permission from Rob Miller : http://bytherye.com/

I thought that this article from the Economist on collaboration that a colleague pointed out to me last week was an interesting read. It warns that in this age of Slack, chat rooms and instant messaging we are at risk of ‘over-collaborating’.

I can see the sense in this argument, and I definitely recognise how precious focused time has become, and also the challenge that both individuals and delivery teams face in preventing continuous interruptions from affecting their work. It made me think a bit more about what ‘collaboration’ means to me and the role I think it should have in how we get work done. Continue reading “On Collaboration”

On Collaboration

New Tech Trends and what they mean for Local Government

Reposted with permission : https://digitalgov.wordpress.com/   Scott MooreNew Tech Trends and what they mean for Local Government

Internet of Things (IoT) and Autonomous Agents are two of the biggest tech trends to look out for in 2016, according to leading IT market researchers Gartner Inc.

“Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends will shape digital business opportunities through 2020” says David Cearley, vice President of Gartner and Fellow.  But what does this mean for local authorities, here we look at the impact and potential of these new technologies within the public sector.

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New Tech Trends and what they mean for Local Government

Making a Difference; Socitm ‘Women in IT’ Initiative for the Public Sector

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I’m Nadira Hussain, Socitm (The representative body for Digital & Technology in Local Public Service) President 15/16. Socitm is for the benefit of all those who use  Digital & IT to deliver services for the public benefit. I am championing the ‘Women in IT’ initiative for my term in office.

Women in IT/digital/tech roles

As we all know very well, the representation of women in digital or IT/tech related roles and careers across the board, is disappointingly low. Despite some considerable effort being made more recently across sectors, the position continues to remain quite static! It is commonplace to hear about poor numbers relating to the percentage of women that make-up the IT/digital functions of companies and organisations; predominantly around the 12-16% mark (ref Lord Davies report and the  McKinsey  report Women Matter). The same is true of the public sector; we continue to struggle to attract women to the tech roles in the sector (at all levels, even as apprenticeships), are not able to retain women once they secure a job, nor can we see their progression to more senior positions within the sector once they are recruited. That cant be right….!

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Making a Difference; Socitm ‘Women in IT’ Initiative for the Public Sector