Digital Transformation Weekly: How ingrained is digital within the DNA of public sector organisations?

The public sector has a responsibility to deliver successful digital transformation, not just to become more cost-effective but also to deliver better services to the British public. But how ingrained is digital within the DNA of public sector organisations?

That was what we wanted to find out with our recent survey. We spoke to over 90 central government departments and agencies to see whether they had the right skills and structures for digital success.

Although the majority of the respondents have started some sort of digital transformation, many are still only seeing partial progress. The survey also highlighted the importance of people in the digital transformation journey.

We will publish the complete survey findings soon, including analysis, insights and recommendations.

Get in touch if you would like to get a copy of the report once it’s published.

How IKEA is automating and digitising everything

You can always trust IKEA to be at forefront of innovation. The Swedish retailer revolutionised the flatpack furniture industry and is always looking at ways to get a lead in the market. 

This interesting piece looks at how IKEA is making its business more attractive to consumers in the digital age. Innovative apps, smart products and its research hub are providing services and products that are designed to match the lifestyles and needs of consumers in the future.  

NHS and third-party partnerships

Great Ormond Street Hospital’s new research and innovation unit marks a shift towards greater collaboration between NHS organisations and third-party industry partners.

Drive – short for digital, research, informatics and virtual environments – focuses on creating technologies and products for use in the NHS to improve patient outcomes and experiences. 

It chimes with the recent drive to make the NHS use technology to deliver better healthcare services. Last week, health secretary Matt Hancock set out his tech vision for the NHS, which included mandating national open standards for the NHS and tech suppliers, building a health and caretech ecosystem and giving local NHS organisations flexibility in how and what tech they buy.

Find flaws 11x faster with DevSecOps

According to CA Veracode’s State of Software Security report released on Wednesday, organisations with strong DevSecOps find flaws 11x faster than those without.

Companies with DevSecOps programs address flaws quicker due to regular security checks during the continuous delivery process. The report said 85% of all applications have at least one vulnerability but implementing DevSecOps is the best way to keep a company protected.

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