Fixing flaws in Government IT

The Institute for Government is publishing a new report, System Error: Fixing the flaws in government IT.About this event There will be short presentations followed by a discussion on how the inbuilt, systematic problems with government IT...

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The Institute for Government is publishing a new report, System Error: Fixing the flaws in government IT.


About this event

There will be short presentations followed by a discussion on how the inbuilt, systematic problems with government IT can be resolved by taking a radically different approach. Speakers include:

  • Sir Ian Magee (Chair of the Improving Government IT Taskforce)
  • Ian Watmore (Government Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Efficiency and Reform Group, Cabinet Office)
  • Joe Harley (Government Chief Information Officer)
  • Steve Dover (Director of Major Programmes, Department for Work and Pensions)

The meeting will be chaired by Andrew Adonis, Director of the Institute for Government.

The event is kindly supported by Research in Motion.




System error: fixing the flaws in Government IT
 IT continues to revolutionise the world in which we live at a breathtaking pace, fuelled by the exponential development of computer processing power and the growth of ever faster broadband internet.

Despite spending around £16 billion per year, government IT can often appear to be a long way from this exciting world as it is trapped in an outdated model which attempts to lock project requirements upfront and then proceeds at a glacial pace.

With the appointment of a new Government CIO, a drive towards a more effective and efficient use of IT and a Select Committee inquiry, the Institute for Government is publishing a new report, System Error: Fixing the flaws in government IT.

Our research advocates a radically different approach to managing government IT that emphasises adaptability and flexibility while retaining the benefits of scale and collaboration across government.

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