Posts tagged ‘Government ICT’

October 27, 2015

A Presentation on ICT for Lawyers

This post is a summary of a presentation I gave to a group of lawyers on ICT fundamentals. It represents my own opinion, and not that of my employers or anyone else! I apologies for it being so wordy – but a lot of material was covered.

My presentation walked through some fundamental concepts in ICT, some major trends that are shaping ICT, and how ICT organisations are evolving. The aim is to give a plain english summary to allow ICT lawyers to have sensible conversations about ICT to support the work that they do with ICT professionals. In my view ICT may be hard to do, but it is not hard to understand. At the end of each topic I will include my own personal view.

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November 5, 2013

NZ Government Announces Desktop as a Service

Exciting news (for me anyway)! Last Friday, November 1 2013, the New Zealand Government Chief Information Officer (Colin MacDonald, Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs) announced that the New Zealand government had negotiated contracts for the supply of Desktop as a Service (DaaS). 

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April 4, 2013

Privacy Matters for BYOD

This is my fourteenth post in my series on BYOD. This recent article on Infoworld about how the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs has put its BYOD plans on hold illustrates the point that you need to consider and cover off employee privacy when implementing BYOD.

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March 28, 2013

Some Thoughts on Outsourcing

I was discussing outsourcing with a friend the other day. I work in government IT, and outsourcing is used widely in government. He was discussing the tricky nature of being brought in as an independent vendor to the outsourcing vendor. What this brought up was something that is often overlooked in outsourcing deals, especially major ones. That is: any organisation that outsources a function (such as its IT) usually does so in the hope of saving money by shedding large amounts of staff. But, they usually don’t factor in that they will need additional staff with different skills to manage that outsourcer.

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December 11, 2012

Poor Information Security Can Lead to Tragedy

What do Kate Middleton and, Apple and the Ministry of Social Development have in common? Poor information security leading to tragedies. They also show that information security has as much to do with culture as it does with technology.

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October 5, 2012

NZ Government Issues End User Computing Reference Architecture

Last week (28 September 2012) New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs issued its end user computing reference architecture: The GEA-NZ Viewpoint: COE Reference Architecture.

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September 18, 2012

Some BYOD and Mobility Resources

This is just a brief post – the eighth in my Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) series – to mention some good resources on mobility and BYOD that enterprise IT professionals should be aware of, especially if you work in government ICT (in whatever jurisdiction).

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May 25, 2012

BYOD and Consumer Law

This is my fifth post on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). In other posts I’ve considered support and managing employee expenses. Here, I want to change tack a bit, and ask: What are the ramifications of consumer law for BYOD? While this may seem like a strange question, it is something that you will need to consider for some types of BYOD.

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May 1, 2012

The USA’s Double Standards on Cloud Data Residency

A recent article on ReadWriteWeb reminded me of  one of the more annoying sources of noise about cloud computing – the double standards of US government agencies and companies around cloud data residency. On the one hand US government agencies complain that other countries are discriminating against its cloud service providers by raising legitimate concerns about data privacy in the US, while at the same time as making Google create special government clouds which keep all data in the US.

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February 28, 2012

Two Kinds of Government App Store

In the recently published UK Government Cloud Strategy one of the key planks of the strategy was the development of a “Government App Store”. In fact, the first part of the Government App Store – renamed CloudStore – has just been launched. In other jurisdictions such as New Zealand and the US, there has also been talk of government app stores and even some deployments. In general, in both the public and private sectors App stores do seem to be flavour of the month. What is a Government App Store? And what could it look like? Well first we need to distinguish between two different senses in which the term “Government App Store” is being used in the various discussions (and in the news reports linked to above).

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