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I was grateful for an opportunity to speak to ICT professionals from the public sector at the 25th SOCITM conference in Birmingham on 30 November. SOCITM is the Society of IT Managers and represents a network of over 300 local authorities and more than 30 charities and not for profit organisations.
I am a member of the SOCITM Third Sector Groups and shared the stage with Martyn Croft, CIO of The Salvation Army. Between us we represent either end of the third sector spectrum. I have spent the past 15 years working with very small local charities, social enterprises, community groups and other not for profit organisations in Brighton, many of which have no staff and hence have very low level of investment in IT. Martyn is Chief Information Officer for an organisation with a turnover of £210m, putting it in the top ten charities in the UK.
We took the chance to show the many positive opportunities for collaboration and partnership working between public sector and the third sector, focusing on three specific options:
2. Intelligent Commissioning