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Opinions sought on local government IT strategy

The Society for IT Management (Socitm) is looking for ideas to help build a local government IT strategy.

The strategy will feed into the coalition government's emerging IT strategy, and will help to reform public services.

The problem with local government IT, according to Socitm's new briefing document, is, "The costs of ICT and administering local public services are perceived to be too high, and modern technology is not doing enough to help achieve desired outcomes."

The new approach is made up of three strands. Under principles, the society wants new systems that embody new ways of thinking; under frameworks, it wants to rework practices; and under implications it wants to focus on people and organisations.

A draft strategy is being prepared by Socitm for submission to the next Local CIO Council meeting on 3 November. After consultation, a final version will be published and adopted by the end of this year. Any comments on the prospectus for the strategy can be sent to martin.ferguson at socitm.gov.uk.


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