And this owner of a software company providing services to government is keen to spend money on er, software:
“We have some great staff at the city council who are working very hard. But we don’t have the right software to allow them to do their jobs as well as they could.
“It comes down to communications, the left hand knowing what the right hand is doing. Computer systems work well, for instance, for individual departments or sections of the council.
“Problems arise when staff in another part of the authority need to know what their colleagues have been up to or are intending to do or what the latest is on services to a particular client or member of the public.
“Accessing information is piecemeal at the moment. That must be a great frustration to council staff.
Popham then tells us, “Departments need to have access to common data”. While the Cancer chips in with, “IT improvements could, however, cost several million pounds.”
Excuse me? What year is this? Popham wants to spend several million pounds buying software to access common data and improve communications at the council?
Could someone tell Mike there’s an entirely free, extremely efficient and up-to-date system for doing just this job. And it’s free. We call it the internet.