Data

Empowering Today’s Local Government with Data and Innovation

I’ve had plenty of conversations recently across local government, and there’s been a prevailing narrative suggesting that software functionality is on a path to convergence, with the potential outcome being that the only unique asset a council or organisation will possess is its data. While this perspective may hold some truth, it’s imperative to challenge… Read more »

Part Two – ‘Low Code to No Code’

Low Code sounds great: you (anyone) can use this magic tool, to create a full business application or part thereof, without having to use expensive techies, instead using a cheaper and less specialist resource. It is (mostly) completely visual, and can be achieved using a number of tools out there on the market. Sometimes it manifests as a toolkit on top of a platform like Salesforce or Dynamics.

Part One – The danger of Low code and a ‘Minimum Viable Anything’ approach

Over the last 5 years, there has been a shift in the consulting / advisory landscape in Public Sector and Local Government. It feels like many of the more traditional approaches are rebranding or disappearing altogether to be replaced by a fancy ‘Digital’ title, perhaps using a technical term or concept here and there, or quoting some newly created model for doing roughly the same thing.

Why the public sector should focus on the tech that will make lives better

It goes without saying that the past year has thrown up challenges that most of us never thought we would face, and the public sector is no exception.

No more excuses for cyber security failures in councils

Breaches of cyber security are a significant risk to every business and individual, but are increasingly affecting local government. Recovering from the February 2020 ransomware attack that reduced Redcar & Cleveland Council to using pen and paper for critical processes, was estimated to have cost over £10.5m – three times their 2019 central ICT budget.

Getting the data right: seamless data migration for the public sector

With the National Data Strategy setting out the Government’s desire to create a data-led public sector, as well as an appetite from local authorities to deliver data-driven services, many organisations now see that migrating from legacy systems to a new provider offers the ideal opportunity to improve data quality and use this investment to its fullest potential.

Data Quality Is A Design Problem

Many organisations have data quality problems. Some organisations have data quality problems so serious it stops them from using key systems in a meaningful way. When that happens, sometimes the consultants get called.