Location, location, location

How do you know if your region is doing well or not? How do you know if a particular sector is successful? These are the questions I was trying to answer when I fell into the wonderful world of economic data. I was looking at the digital sector in a part of the North East. … Continue reading Location, location, location

Cyber = resilience

It is just before 3 o’clock in the morning and the phone rings. Not your mobile, you’ve left that downstairs so that work doesn’t impinge too much into your home life. It’s the landline. This must be trouble. As your brain flights to engage, your thoughts turn to your children but the voice on the … Continue reading Cyber = resilience

The wedding planner

I can talk about it now. The wedding that occupied so much of my time last year has come and gone. It has been a year. The months of planning and running around have stopped and the nightmares of impending doom and disaster are gradually fading. For some odd reason they happened even more after … Continue reading The wedding planner

Five simple steps

Whenever I am asked if I can get involved in a helping an organization with a strategic approach to technology I always come back with the same answer. I will do it but only if I can start with an understanding of the business. To get this understanding, I talk to as many people as … Continue reading Five simple steps

Technology direction statement

The ICT strategy is always a difficult document to write.  Getting the balance between the strategic, which it is supposed to be, and the tactical, which is what people want to see is a challenge.  I am not sure if I have got this balance right.  In fact I am sure.  Over the last seven … Continue reading Technology direction statement

Social Care

I had a great morning in the One Point Service at Bishop Auckland. The weather was awful and it didn’t help that I had put the wrong postcode into my satnav but other than that it was time very well spent. The One Point Service brings council staff together with the NHS and provides a … Continue reading Social Care

Smart cities

I know smart cities have been around for a long time. They may be considered a bit passé even yet things are different up here in Durham. Yes, Durham is a city but a very small one in comparison. The population accounts for less than ten per cent of the people who live in the … Continue reading Smart cities