"I don't get it." A phrase many tech-savvy public sector bodies will be familiar with when discussing the importance and value of using data in government. Unfortunately, the common pushback received when it comes to digital transformation projects is senior management not buying into data.
Most of you will be familiar with the mantra teachers drilled into us at school: fail to prepare, prepare to fail. This mantra could not be more apt for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
With the May 2018 looming, the GDPR compliance clock is only getting louder and louder. With just over a year to go, it could be easy for government organisations to be complacent but I would caution against this. GDPR will demand huge changes to organisational, IT Infrastructure and culture that mean compliance will not be a swift or easy undertaking.
Aingaran Pillai, CEO and founder of open source software company Zaizi, says that governments need to make bold decisions on digital - but make sure they're executed properly. He offers his top five tips for digital staff here.