Socitm found that intranets are currently a low priority for councils, which have minimal functionality, poor navigation systems and an overall lack engagement from senior management.
Socitm is the association for ICT and related professionals in the public and third sectors. We offer networking and peer support, professional development, and access to research and consultancy on a wide range of policy and technology issues.
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Socitm is the membership association for all ICT professionals working in Local Authorities and the Public and Third Sectors and suppliers to those sectors. Socitm provides a widely respected forum for the promotion, use and development of ICT best practice. It is also plays a leading role in ICT-facilitated local government transformation in the UK.
Founded in 1986 as the professional association for ICT managers working in and for the public sector, members are drawn primarily from local authorities, the police and fire services, housing authorities and other locally delivered public services. With around 1700 members from 550 different organisations including 98% of all UK local authorities.
In October 2008 membership was extended to include managers or consultants from organisations supplying ICT products and services or other support to those sectors and the change has resulted in increasing numbers from Central Government and the Private Sector.
Socitm aims to:
- support the professional development of all people working in public and third sector ICT at all stages of their career
- explicitly benefit employing organisations as well as individual members
- provide equal recognition to members from the private sector and the public sector and enable all members to network for mutual benefit and to promote professionalism in ICT
Boilerhouse will develop a new digital platform to help gather, analyse, distribute and promote the findings from Socitm's Better connected survey.
Of the respondents to Socitm's survey, 90% are either implementing cloud technologies or piloting such systems; two-thirds reported that they have some applications in the cloud and are pursuing further systems.
Socitm is one of the first organisations to implement Knowledge Hub’s new ‘Network’ facility, allowing it to set up and manage a Socitm-focused community on behalf of its 1,650 members.
On 27th November, Socitm is holding an event, 'Use of third party software: addressing a major problem for council web teams', to discuss problems and solutions to integration of third party software on council websites.
This free event on 14th November will showcase the success and outcomes of the Local Digital Programme, associated campaign and related digital transformation work happening in local government.
The briefing is explicitly addressed to politicians and senior policy and decision-makers, and sets out what will be required to deliver locally designed, digital public services.
Adrian Hancock, Socitm Chief Executive, said: “Socitm's Annual Conference is our flagship event and we are looking forward to welcoming public, third and private sector colleagues to Manchester.
Major savings, and improved customer experience of transacting with government services are in sight thanks to new work on identity assurance and particularly ‘attribute exchange’, according to Socitm.
Socitm is to deliver nine one day workshops across the UK to disseminate learning about the information and technology implications of health and social care reforms that will come into effect from April next year.