• Tips on breaking free from long-term IT contracts

    Earlier this year, IT consulting firm Brightman ran an event in which public sector organisations discussed their supplier relationship challenges, and how these affect digital transformation initiatives.

    Brightman has now published a blueprint from these discussions, which highlights the fact that organisations in the public sector are still struggling to manage complex supplier relationships.

    Gail Evans, director at Brightman and author of the paper, said: “After years of outsourcing, the public sector has lost control of its supply chains, which is hindering its ability to deliver the transformation that it wants. There is nothing wrong with outsourcing, as long

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  • Covid-19 has changed how we think about cyber security forever

    Covid-19 sent shockwaves across industries, touching every person on the planet. Overnight, organisations that people depend on for employment, healthcare, education, infrastructure and services had to rapidly transform just to function.

    Some maintained continuity by moving entirely online in a matter of weeks, creating demand for virtual processes and remote collaboration on a scale we’ve never seen. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella said the company had seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.

    Any time a process or function goes digital, it creates a potential cyber security vulnerability, especially when so many systems are implemented so quickly.

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  • Nordic CIO interview: Per Boström, Skanska

    Swedish construction company Skanska is increasing its use of digital technologies as the building industry plays catch up in digitsation.

    Its CIO, Per Boström, said the construction industry started using advanced digital tools late compared to other sectors such as retail and banking, but the benefits are being proved quickly. 

    In comparison to others sectors which were quick to adopt digital business models, Skanska’s IT department is still in its early days when it comes to digital, but cloud technologies – including cloud-based services – are being rapidly adopted. 

    Boström admitted there is some catching up do because IT

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  • Forensic expert questions US claims that Julian Assange conspired to crack military password

    US government charges that Julian Assange conspired with former soldier Chelsea Manning to crack a password to give Manning anonymous access to government sensitive government documents have been called into question by a computer forensics expert.

    Patrick Eller, a former criminal investigator in the US Army, told the Old Bailey that cracking the password was not technically possible and even if it had been, it would not have helped Manning download sensitive documents without being tracked.

    Eller was giving evidence on the 13th day of the hearing. Judge Vanessa Baraitser announced that she would not rule on the case until

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  • The new normal for collaboration in the new football season

    Over the course of the past few years, a consistent refrain from those objecting to changes made in football, at all levels, has been that the game has gone. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the game has indeed gone.

    As the major leagues in Europe kick off the new season, nothing is as it was. After a three-month hiatus from mid-March to mid-June, the 2019/20 Premier League season ended on 26 July. Then, with an unprecedentedly short gap, the 2020/21 season began on 12 September.

    For Manchester City, which stayed in the Champions League until 15 August, the season started a

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  • Business leaders must use lessons of the present to get future-ready

    With the new normal rapidly becoming just the normal, employee welfare productivity, especially among remote workers, is increasingly becoming more important. Companies are now having to spin up new digital workplaces where remote workers both have the right tools to communicate, collaborate and also feel supported, a survey from Verizon Business has revealed.

    Conducted in May 2020 and based on feedback from 1,080 global business leaders, the Recreating work as a blend of virtual and physical experiences report, carried out in conjunction with Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, examined the impact of the recent rise in remote working in an

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