• Analysing what will be by David Bell, lead business analyst

    6th June 2014 by

    Business analysis is often at the forefront of major business and internet change programmes, but what role does it play in I’m one of a small team of business analysts (BAs) working within the programme. Within the early stages of the programme we have focussed on various aspects to help define what

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  • Why Agile?

    6th June 2014 by

    Why Agile? To a lot of people, Agile is just a fad, a new approach to software development that keeps post-it makers and whiteboard marker manufacturers enjoying the good life. It may work for start-ups, Google and Facebook type organisations but it won’t work here. It’s a passing fad like Six Sigma, Total Quality Management...

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  • Spotlight on Digital Economy

    19th May 2014 by

    The Scottish Government has a vision for Scotland to be a world-leading digital nation by 2020. Our vision is underpinned by the need to ensure Scotland’s businesses; public services; and citizens have the confidence, capability and skills to take full advantage of the benefits the digital economy can bring. The term ‘digital’ in this context...

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  • Digital Participation: A National Framework for Local Action

    29th April 2014 by

    On 24 April, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, launched the digital participation strategy at Pilton Equalities Project (PEP) in Edinburgh and spent some time chatting with members of the Computer Club to hear how getting online has been beneficial for them.  The enthusiasm from everyone in room for digital technology was...

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  • myaccount – signing in to online services

    7th April 2014 by

    What is myaccount? myaccount will give people across Scotland a secure and easy way to access public services online. myaccount is designed for people who wish to use services – such as pay council tax bills or request parking permits –  from Scottish public sector organisations online, rather than go into a local office or...

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  • Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN)

    13th March 2014 by

    What is SWAN? The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) Programme is designed to deliver a single public services network available for the use of any, and potentially all, public service organisations within Scotland. The SWAN initiative aims to enable infrastructure and service sharing that will produce cost efficiencies and facilitate the creation of public services...

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  • What is happening around Data as a result of Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services?

    24th January 2014 by

    A Data Vision for Scotland in 2020 Why Now? There is a global data revolution taking place.  Every day the amount and range of data being produced increases and new tools and techniques are being developed to help us all access and analyse data.  More importantly, we are recognising the value of data to society...

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  • Tellmescotland Apps Launched

    8th November 2013 by

    A guest blog by Tom McHugh, Programme Manager, Improvement Service is Scotland’s portal for Public Information Notices. It is the first in the UK and Europe in terms of scope and scale and has proved a major success since its launch in December 2010. The portal has been delivered through a collaborative partnership under...

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  • One Small Step…

    3rd October 2013 by

    Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband

    Following a period of procurement, evaluation and negotiation there are now two contracts in place to deliver the Step Change Programme – one for Highlands and Islands and one for the Rest of Scotland. A total investment of £410 million will see superfast broadband infrastructure available to 85% of all premises in Scotland by the...

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  • Better Broadband for the Applecross Community

    13th September 2013 by

    A guest blog from Sandra Byrne, Community Broadband Scotland Adviser, about her involvement with the Applecross Community Company As the Community Broadband Scotland (CBS) Adviser working with Applecross, I am delighted that on the 9th of August they became the first project to receive CBS Start-Up Fund assistance totalling £68, 520 (59% of project costs)....

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