The Changing Role of Consultancy in Modern Businesses and Digital Governments

Wednesday 12 October 2016

6.00pm - 9.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Why Digital Government is Stuck in the 20thCentury - and what we can do about it?


IT Consultants have had a mixed reputation. On the one hand they are seen as sources of proven methods, experience and knowledge, able to provide critical challenge and to short-circuit gaps which exist within organisations. On the other hand, they are seen as over-paid advocates for common-sense who ‘borrow your watch to tell you the time’. Yet in sectors that can ill afford to waste money, such as local government, the role of the digital consultant is growing and maturing, and there is a healthy mix of SME's (including individual consultants and academics) alongside the "big league" players. This session will examine the trends in IT and digital consultancy and the role of BCS / BCS ConSIG to bring together academics, private and public sectors decision makers to contribute to productive engagement in Digital Transformation.

Speaker: Wendy Foster - Business Librarian at City Business Library

Wendy FosterA lot of interest has been shown in the Library’s specialist data for business start-up, data that is not readily available elsewhere, as well as an immense appreciation for the professional skills of the Library staff. I continuously strive to develop services and propose innovative ideas to enhance those services, and also maintain and create opportunities for new projects working with colleagues from different sections and departments within the City of London Corporation. Building on many years’ experience working with business information and specialist resources I continue to develop the service, working with and supporting customers, from business start-ups to business growth for SMME’s as well as large companies, investors, independent consultants, job seekers and of course business students, who are the next generation of business people and entrepreneurs. Working in partnership with external and internal partners I have organised and delivered tailored programmes for job seekers, using the Library’s resources.

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Speaker: Jos Creese

Jos CreeseJos Creese has over 25 years IT management experience and formerly the interim Chief Digital Officer and lead digital advisor for Hampshire County Council, moving from the CIO role he held there for over a decade. As CIO for Hampshire County Council his responsibilities included service innovation and business improvement through IT-enabled transformational programmes and the IT team has won numerous awards for innovative IT projects. He regularly advises private companies on technology and market trends. In 2006, he set up the Local Public Services CIO Council which he chaired until 2014, and is a past president of SOCITM, the Society of IT Management.

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Speakers: Paul Waller & Vishanth Weerakkody

Paul Waller - Researcher, Brunel Business School, Brunel University London

Paul WallerPaul Waller is pursuing research interests in the impact of information technology on politics, democracy, government, public policy design and administration, public sector innovation, and social investment appraisal. Formerly he was a UK senior civil servant working on policy development and delivery in e-government, including leading e-government work for the UK Presidency of the EU, developing European policy, and hosting the 2005 ‘Transforming Public Services’ ministerial conference.

He has held a number of IT-related policy and strategy posts including being head of IT Management in the former Department of Transport, leading the Government's Year 2000 policy and e-democracy policy, and directing a five-year national programme within the local government sector to transform front line public services to challenging and disadvantaged groups through the innovative use of ICT. In a personal capacity, he was an advisor and consultant to the European Commission on digital inclusion and inclusive e-government, and to various EU projects as well as being a judge at the eEurope eGovernment Awards.

Vishanth Weerakkody - Chair in Digital Governance at Brunel Business School, Brunel University London.

Vishanth WeerakkodyVishanth Weerakkody is a Professor of Digital Governance at Brunel University London, UK. Prior to his academic career, Vishanth worked in a number of Multinational organisations in the area of software engineering, business systems design and process analysis. He is currently involved in several R&D projects which are funded by the European Commission (Live City; Policy Compass; DAREED; SI-DRIVE; EMPATIA) and other international bodies such as the Qatar Foundation (I-MEET;) focusing on themes such as Smart Cities, ICT enabled process transformation, social innovation and digital inclusion in the public sector. He has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, guest-edited special issues of leading journals and edited several books on these themes. Vishanth has many years of R&D experience in the field of ICT innovation, process transformation and digital governance and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research. A Chartered IT professional and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, he combines over 25 years of practical industry-based knowhow with academic and teaching experience.

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The panel Q&A session is now available.