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From outsourced to in-house: take back control with smart sourcing

Public authorities are reducing outsourcing – but success requires an agile approach that balances in-house capabilities, public and private cloud, and external expertise.

The solution is smart sourcing, which Central & North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) and Norfolk County Council have used to adopt best of breed technology, improve services and save money. But doing so requires careful planning – and the right partners.

Watch our panel explore how smart sourcing can deliver agile technology platforms fit for a digital future while delivering robust, efficient technology to support users today.

Panel names :
Owen Powell, ICT director, Central & North West London NHS Trust
Geoff Connell, head of IMT, Norfolk County Council / Past President Socitm
Simon Clifford, director of digital and data, The Police ICT Company
Rhys Sharp, solution director, Rackspace
Recorded Sep 18 2019 60 mins
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    Geoff Connell, head of IMT, Norfolk County Council / Past President Socitm
    Simon Clifford, director of digital and data, The Police ICT Company
    Rhys Sharp, solution director, Rackspace
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