The key digital freedoms for the public sector
Much has been made of the unprecedented nature of 2020 and the innovation that accompanied the response to the demands of the pandemic. On reflection, I think last year changed the way we think about innovation (or at least the emphasis of it). We moved away from new entrants disrupting stale markets and faced a ‘stress test’ of the technology infrastructure that the public sector in particular had put in place in the latter half of the 2010s.
Amongst other things, the Covid world has accelerated the expectations of its citizens, who are now increasingly demanding a fast and seamless digital element to their public services. They need to be able to interact on their own terms, through any device in any location. More advanced local authorities like St Albans City & District Council are taking significant steps to deliver this experience to the community.
Why is the UK’s public sector still lagging on digital transformation?
The UK has a hugely complex system of public services. When I started Arcus Global at the backend of 2009, the UK was considered a world leader in digital government. Over that time we’ve seen a dramatic digital shift, with much innovation and achievement taking place between 2010 and 2015.
Arcus Global appoints Casey Crellin as new COO
Cloud services provider to the public sector, Arcus Global, has appointed Casey Crellin as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to drive operational excellence across the company.
Cloud tech is not a fad: IBM split signals a change in the tides
By now, we have all seen the news that the tech giant IBM is splitting itself into two public companies, in a bid to shift its focus towards the high margin businesses of cloud and artificial intelligence. In my view, the writing has been on the wall for a decade that a tectonic shift in the relationship between business and technology is coming. This split represents part of that shift.
How Local Land Charges can aid the recovery of the Economy
At first glance, the idea of land charges doesn’t conjure the most exciting of images to mind. Often the service is tucked away in the back office somewhere, only dealt with when necessary. I don’t think that, in the two decades I’ve spent responding to tenders, that I’ve seen a tender for a land charges solution that includes planning and building control. Normally the land charge staff are the last to see a solution during a demonstration at the end of a long day. Maybe land charges is the underappreciated ‘Cinderella’ of public services.
Arcus Global appoints new business development director
Arcus Global, a cloud solutions provider for the public sector, has hired Tony Burrows as business development director. In his role, Burrows will be responsible for commercial activity, identifying new market opportunities, leading on bids, and driving outcomes for customers utilising the Salesforce platform.
The shared challenge for local authorities and their citizens, and why tech is the solution
We started the year of 2020 talking about Brexit and single-use plastic, we’d pretty much all planned our holidays out, and we had all fallen into a trap of thinking that we knew where we would be by the end of it. The public sector was no exception.
Isle of Anglesey County Council takes planning and building control to the cloud
The Isle of Anglesey County Council has gone live with Arcus Global’s planning and building control applications. The new cloud-based system enables the Council to record and process all applications, notifications and enquiries. It provides a single source of data to drive business efficiency and enable remote working.
Arcus Global takes on Cambridge Judge Business School apprentice
Cambridge-based Arcus Global, a cloud solutions provider for the public sector, has hired an apprentice from Cambridge Judge Business School. Guneet Malik is currently working his way towards achieving an MBA with a concentration on digital transformation.
Constructing a more automated future for building control inspections
With 2020 a tipping point for the digitalisation of building control and other crucial infrastructure services, we’re seeing many organisations look to cloud technologies as a way to maintain service delivery whilst managing risk.
Planning software suppliers can be truly creative in the current market- we just need the nod
I read this report from the Connected Place Catapult with great interest. I don’t disagree with the six principles outlined in the report. In fact, at Arcus we try to put these principles into action every day. However, in focusing wholly on the software suppliers, the report misses an opportunity to highlight some more fundamental issues.