Local Gov Tech spend to reach GBP 3 bn

A survey by the Society of IT Management found out that local councils will spend roughly GBP 3 billion on technology and IT services in the financial year 2007-2008, a 9 percent increase over the previous period.

A recent edition of the SocITM’s IT Trends survey of IT directors in more than 250 local councils and organisations, police and fire authorities reports that: “Our assessment is that local government ICT functions have more resources than they had one year ago. This might suggest that ICT is beginning to make the transformation away from being regarded as just a support service and therefore a cost that can be cut.”

Efficiency and Security will top the wish list for local authority IT directors following the recent scandals involving public bodies and private databanks.

The report also highlighted more than 180 security concerns gathered from the survey respondents and pointed to a very urgent high staff churn problem with nearly one in four tech staff leaving the organisation in the last 12 months.

However, John Serle, editor of IT Trends 2007/08 said that: ‘What is increasingly evident is that the traditional concerns of ICT management, such as choosing the right technologies, supplier management and staff recruitment and retention, have become less important in recent years."