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‘What is it that can only be done by us?’: preparing your team for a difficult winter     ▸ November 2020 CSW digital issue  
VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE: Financial and economic regulation after Covid
26 November at 11:00 with Hitachi Solutions
 When the government effectively shut down the economy to stop the spread of the coronavirus, it posed a massive challenge to many sectors, including financial services. This roundtable will look at how financial regulators will meet these challenges, how they themselves are adjusting to the new normal, and how technology might help them.   Register your interest
74% of organisations have started a modernisation program – but have failed to complete it
This report from Advanced, based on global research of more than 400 large enterprises in Europe and the US, reveals attitudes to modernisation
 As technology evolves, the appetite to modernise the underpinning mainframes increases. One of the key drivers behind organisations’ plans to modernise is the fear of being left behind (60% of respondents agreed). Perhaps one of the most shocking findings, however, was that only 8% of respondents said it was essential for them to modernise legacy systems to meet current regulatory demands.
Read the 2020 Barometer Report here
Government Digital Transformation in a Post-COVID World
Dods Research, in partnership with Appian, surveyed more than 100 UK technology decision makers within central government about their digital strategies and challenges during COVID-19
 Governments are facing unprecedented levels of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CIOs must identify and act upon digital government strategies and plans that can lead to future positive outcomes regardless of the uncertainty. But what are the biggest factors affecting digital transformation across government? This whitepaper explores the key research findings and highlights the digital transformation priorities that government leaders should consider in a Post-COVID world.   Read the report
Social Value: Public and Private Sectors
In this new report, Proxima looks into how best the public sector can factor social value into their procurement strategies.
 For decades, the government’s approach to procurement has been to deliver social good by buying cost-effectively, aiming to maximise social good by not wasting money and stretching budgets further. But this doesn’t always stand the test – what if the offering of the cheapest prospective supplier isn’t necessarily the one which contributes most to social good? Whether in the public sector or the private sector, social responsibility is a slippery notion – easily recognised, but difficult to define.   Read the report

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