This journal started out, in January 2007, as the Newham Council CIO's Blog for ICT staff, and its source is still Newham's Intranet. Since April 2008 I have been seconded for the majority of my time as President of the Society of IT Management. Among my aims, as Socitm's President, are to foster greater transparency and accountability in the operation of the Society's business, and a President's Blog is an obvious tool towards the achievement of these goals.
The Society of Information Technology Management was founded in 1986 as the professional association for ICT managers working in and for the public sector.
Members are drawn primarily from local authorities but also from the police and fire services, housing authorities and other locally delivered public service.
Managers or consultants from organisations supplying ICT products and services to the public sector, or which support public services in other ways, may also join the Society.
With over 1900 members from 550 different organisations including 98% of all UK local authorities, Socitm provides a widely respected forum for the promotion, use and development of ICT best practice. It also plays a leading role in the implementation of local e-government in the UK.
The Society is a significant provider of advice and guidance on ICT and e-government to local authorities. Socitm offers a growing range of services including publications, conferences, events, training, research and consultancy.