Socitm’s Spring Conference will discuss digital routes for providing public services


With public sector budgets being squeezed ever tighter, Socitm’s Spring Conference 2014 will explore IT and digital routes to doing ‘better with less’ for customers of local public services.

The scope for collaboration between local authority digital developments and the transformational work being delivered by the Government Digital Service has been a hot topic for discussion recently among those who feel that the adoption of digital working in local government has been too slow.

The Spring Conference will hear from Matt Harrington of the Government Digital Service and Socitm President Steve Halliday about the initial phase of the ongoing collaboration between GDS and Socitm around digital transaction performance. The session will also explore more generally how GDS and Socitm are working together to encourage, support and enable digital services that are ‘so good, citizens prefer to use them’, and how GDS’ digital assets can be re-used to support local government initiatives.

The conference will present a series of workshops on other key areas of digital transformation including: citizen authentication, open standards, and identity federation; opening up data to create value and transformation; and agile approaches to developing digital services. There will also be a series of quickfire presentations about the innovations featured on Socitm’s Innovation Platform and how these were achieved, from design to delivery.

Before they go home, delegates will get advice on preparing for political change over the next 18 months, which could see Government policy alter the focus and priorities for IT teams.

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