13 September 2010

Austere:IT

I am part of a small team which is planning a guerilla conference on a make do and mend approach to using IT in public services. The aim is to create an event that will enable people to exchange ideas and develop new ones on how to make the most of existing IT. Specifically, we hope the (free) event will be a celebration and dissemination of all that can be achieved without purchasing new kit / software / contractor time / bells / whistles etc. (This event will be an antidote to the burgeoning number of other events which are still promising huge cost reductions by paying for just that one more piece of ("waffer thin mint?") IT investment

Please watch this space - there is more to follow - including what we mean by a guerilla conference! (Well - you have heard of guerilla gardening... try thinking along similar lines...!) The date will be towards the end of the year - possibly early into the next.

But meanwhile... do you have examples of where you have spotted or even initiated a change or achieved a result with a deft (and zero or very low cost) use of an existing IT system?

Please post these examples below as comments (or you can email me if you prefer) - thank you!

1 comment:

  1. I accidentally deleted this comment from an anonymous source (sorry!) - but here it is again:

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    Hi there,

    That "event" sounds interesting

    I recently built an Access database which handled 500,000 records (more than Excel could efficiently handle), which our main supplier wanted to charge £20k for (plus £19k/pa for support).

    The obvious obstacle to deft application of IT is that it's bought for certain purpose(s), and often people don't realise "Hey, I could use this to do that". This is compounded by the IT service often being behind defensive walls (Service Desks etc).

    I spent about 9 months learning to drive before I got my licence, and I spend about an hour driving per day. Some colleagues have never had any meaningful IT training, and yet use a computer 7-8 hours per day.

    I don't think we can rely on a handful of internal Gurus to address the issues - apart from anything else they won't know what issues exist beyond their own scope. I thinkn we need "hit squads", which is perhaps where the Guerilla IT Solutions (GITS?) comes in?

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