Royal Bank of Scotland and Unilever have both embarked on major IT-driven business process change that promises big cost savings - in Unilever's case the prize is an eye-popping £1bn-a-year off its bottom line by 2010.
And Richard Steel, CIO of London's Olympic borough Newham, has begun blogging for Computerworld UK, spelling out the day-to-day challenges of what is one of the UK public sector's leading IT roles.
Three must-read articles on Computerworld UK this week:
Minister had team ready to ensure delivery of key NHS software
Converged IT enabling 'One Unilever' project
Retailer to split functions between lower-level managers
New Inspirons will have Factory Installed Ubuntu
Twin supplier strategy paying off...
Cancelled contracts prompt rethink
Council tax take-up 'could be improved'
System should smooth money-dealing issues
You said it:
"GPs have had excellent database computers for many years, with much useful coded information on them. Why were these not scaled up to hospitals? For two reasons, I suspect: a) hospital consultants and managers think they are cleverer than GPs - so what is there to learn from primary care? b) computer consultants prefer to start from scratch rather than adapt existing systems. They will always argue the case for the newest technology."
Catch up with the thoughts of Richard Steel, CIO of Newham - a London borough in transition and soon to be home of the 2012 Olympics.
Read it here
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