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Government Computing Focus for early 2017

Published 22 December 2016

What issues will we be keeping an eye on editorially in 2017?


The following are broad indications of some of the key topics we will be examining in the first half of 2017. It is not intended to be an exhaustive, rigid list and it will be updated constantly as events develop throughout the year.

With that in mind here is a guide to some of the areas that are likely to be covered – in news, features, blogs and opinion pieces as the year develops.

As you can see, Brexit will be continually in our thoughts, as will the impact of digital transformation.  Other key focuses will be on the progress of the Emergency Services Network, ICT and health and social care in local government, the role and power of data in the public sector, cloud adoption, and cybersecurity. We will also be keeping an eye on government ICT developments around the world.

January: Government Digital Service strategy and fallout from delayed Government Digital Single Market strategy; look ahead to key issues for 2017; health and social care; digital transformation progress (including local government); the continued fallout from Brexit; the BETT show; Government ICT  worldwide

February: Progress towards Make Tax Digital; Department focus: HMRC; identity assurance and GOV.UK Verify progress; Think Digital Government conference; Brexit; Cloud adoption; Government ICT worldwide

March: Emergency Services Network (ESN) progress; Brexit (as the government looks to trigger Article 50); health and social care; cybersecurity; Departmental focus: Ministry of Defence; the Apprenticeship Levy; Government ICT worldwide

April: Digital healthcare healthcheck; STPs; Brexit; Government Computing conference;  Departmental Focus: Home Office; Government ICT worldwide

May: Data sharing outlook; Brexit; Departmental focus: DWP; police ICT; devolution and devolved administrations; Government ICT worldwide

 June: HMRC Aspire; Infosecurity Europe conference/Cybersecurity; Departmental focus: Ministry of Justice; Brexit; Government ICT worldwide


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