Archives for March 15th, 2002

NEW ACCESS TO UK ONLINE THROUGH DIGITAL TV

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 March, 2002

UK Online, the Internet portal for government services, will soon be accessible through digital TV sets in the home. A successful pilot project with Sky Active, using their Interactive Advertising Browser, showed that the technical problems could be overcome. The new service, which is planned to involve Sky, NTL, Telewest and ITV Digital, should go live before the end of next month. The aim is to make UK Online available through kiosks and mobile phones as well as TV sets. Kiosk access is particularly important because it will boost the one stop shop trial where post offices throughout Leicestershire are piloting local and national government services access.TV is already the most popular public communication medium. Over 97% of UK homes have at least one TV set and the average adult will spend eight years of their life watching its screen. The greatest potential strategic benefit lies in the opportunity it offers for the convergence of the TV and IT worlds by extending beyond pure broadcasting into two-way interactive communication. The TV set could become the PC of the future.

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PRIVATE SECTOR MANAGERS SHUN LEADERSHIP JOBS IN MOD

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 March, 2002

The Ministry of Defence wants to recruit managers from the defence industry to lead integrated project teams. So far the jobs have proved unattractive and only 3 of the 130 teams are led by former private sector managers. A report from the National Audit Office is critical of the way the MoD is approaching the problem. It urges the Department to work with the private sector to overcome obstacles to recruitment.Integrated project teams were introduced to stem the flow of over time and over budget procurment projects reported annually by the National Audit Office. The creation of project teams with a responsibility for managing an equipment throughout its lifecycle allowed the Department to move away from a functional based organizational structure. With billions of pounds at stake the new structure was seen as the way to eliminate waste and get the necessary equipment faster, cheaper and more efficiently. The report com mends the Department for making the organizational changes quickly, but further work by the auditors is needed to find out how successful the teams have been.

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