By David Bicknell
A Happy New Year to all our readers from both Tony Collins and me. Let’s hope that 2012 brings success in the development of IT projects – and satisfactory resolution for those that weren’t quite so successful – as well as continued progress for Pathfinder mutuals.
I’d like to see the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham’s Schools IT mutual successfully get off the ground early this year, and for another mutual, Central Surrey Health that I spoke with in 2011 to make the continued business progress its efforts deserve. I hope that all growing, developing and prospective mutuals get all the political and economic support they need to thrive.
I came across a few stories at the end of 2011 from other blogs that made for interesting reading, plus a few Campaign4Change favourites. Here’s a selection:
Lessons from the GoDaddy Customer Revolt
Top Harvard Business Review Blog posts of 2011
Top 10 Green Business stories
The unavoidable truths about GovIT
Government’s new ICT Plan – the good, the bad, and what’s needed
Agile can fix failed GovIT
Posted in Agile, Campaign4Change, mutualisation, mutuals, NHS, public sector, public services
Tagged 2012, agile, GovIT, IT projects, Mutual Pathfinders, mutuals
By David Bicknell
From an environmental point of view, one of the areas that government is going to have to get to grips with is transport with respect to carbon emissions.
It’s well-documented in this post by ecoXchange on its greeninblackandwhite blog. The piece discusses why the focus of central government and the Mayor’s Office in London is only on four-wheeled electric cars, and why these authorities are failing to take on board the benefits of two wheeled electric bikes, which might be the ideal solution to the likely transport problems facing visitors to the Olympics in 2012.
There’s an economic aspect here too. Rising costs, for business or individual use are a major headache – whether transporting product or people. Overall transport costs have risen by nearly 25% in the last year and are likely to rise by another 30% or more, over the next three years. And that means increased transport subsidies from companies to their commuting employees.
Electric or electric/hybrid cars may help reduce emissions, but will do nothing in terms of reducing congestion, over-crowding or journey times. This debate urgently needs to go beyond the recharging electric cars argument.