Digital leaders don’t need to be IT specialists, says Socitm

Socitm has published a briefing titled “Digital leader: it might (not) be you!” which  says that government digital leaders appointed so far are not IT specialists but those with backgrounds of banking or local authority management and this is exactly what is needed.

According to the Socitm website: “What these individuals have in common is capability and track record in bringing about radical change, and that is exactly what is required, because implementing digital strategy is about rethinking processes completely from a citizen’s perspective.”

The briefing says that those taking on a digital role should forget about “HTML and server farms” adding that “the alternative could be to be sidelined as a ‘head of tin and wires’ as cloud services and utility computing ebb away at the perceived value of traditional IT and IT management roles.”

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