The wrong job

One of the most thought provoking and challenging presentations that I have witnessed took place at last week’s Socitm Local CIO Council.  It was given by Vishanth Weerakkody and Paul Waller from Brunel University.  It had the very appealing title of ‘Overcoming the Systemic Failure of Transformation’.  I was salivating at the thought. The presentation … Continue reading The wrong job

Mega board revisited

Yesterday we had our first performance meeting under the new management arrangements.  Bringing the management and leadership teams together every fortnight hadn’t delivered what we, or at least I had hoped for.   The meetings had lacked focus and purpose and so it was time to try something new.  We need to keep trying until we … Continue reading Mega board revisited

Smart Stanley again

Smart Stanley seems to be going well.  The idea is to have a number of small projects that use digital to enhance the experience of the town for everyone that lives there, works there or is a visitor.  We made a major breakthrough with the launch of the web site a few weeks back.  Daniel … Continue reading Smart Stanley again

Opening data

I think I’m finally beginning to win the argument over open data.  It has been a long haul and there are many sceptics.  They are quite right to be so, as it’s very hard to prove the benefits of opening up data for all to see.  Some projects have done it very well and are … Continue reading Opening data

Judging the competition

You would think that judging a competition is easy, well let me tell you that you would be wrong.  When I was asked to chair the panel for this year’s Dynamites 16, the North East Technology Awards event, I thought that it would be a piece of cake.  I mean how hard can it be?  … Continue reading Judging the competition

Creative and artistic work

I have come to admire artists, those who can see things that others can’t, those who can create beauty from oil on canvas, clay or marble and those who can challenge our perceptions and help us to see life in a different way. I don’t know much about the art world however, yet I finally … Continue reading Creative and artistic work

Our precarious positon

I was woken this morning by the flash of lightning and the long low rumbling of thunder. It was quite a storm, a tempest perhaps but it was dark outside so I rolled over and tried to get back to  sleep. It was no good however.  The storm was too big and too long.  I … Continue reading Our precarious positon