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Guest Blog – And the problem is…

Richard Horton is a Service Delivery Manager at the NIHR CRN, he has responsibility for the service improvement of one of our major systems over the last 18 months, turning around a service described by some as the ‘rotten tomato’ service into one that the service board are now hugely proud of. When organisations look… Read More

Featured artists, the blended delivery team approach.

Some of my favourite songs last year were when a band had a special guest artist that they ‘featured’. This oddity launched a quite a few careers that I think will be big names in 2014, John Newman and Sam Smith to drop just two of those names, not to mention the number one song… Read More

Guest Blog – Being an IT project manager is like…

Bryony Walsh is a project manager at the NIHR CRN, she has volunteered her perspective of what it is like to do this role in our organisation and how no day is an average day… My time as a Project manager at the NIHR CRN will always vary enormously depending on our current priorities. There… Read More

Too Good To Fail?

That frustrating moment when the key piece of advice you hear is, ‘Why can’t they just put more resource on it?’. Managing suppliers when a project has difficulties is the most difficult part of any role I have ever had, and managing the stakeholders around project delays is always the area where the most focus… Read More

Open Source Analytics!

What to do? The need for detailed analytics capability is on the rise across the length and breadth of the organisation and the resource is limited. With the advent of the Open Data Platform (ODP) built on the QlikView technology and our App Centre now being live we have been able to implement the concept… Read More

In the words of Paul Daniels, ‘Ta Da!”

Today is launch day, a big day that has been coming for more than twelve months, today will see the finished product, the Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS) demonstrated to the most senior team of our organisation. Eighteen months ago I inherited the procurement of CPMS as a large programme into my directorate, the delivery… Read More

Achieving an open organisation through cutting-edge systems.

I have been asked to present at a summit of CIOs (http://www.ciouksummit.com/) later this week on the subject above and therefore thought it would be of use, and hopefully of interest to get some of the ideas down on here. What our organisation needs is the ability to provide interoperable systems, link legacy systems to… Read More

Frameworks and Fans

Does the NHS need another Information Systems framework to work within? I hope so as we have just published one! The Local Portfolio Management System, Systems of Choice, or LPMS SoC for short. A nice neat short name and matching acronym, so it fits with other frameworks from that point of view! The analogy of… Read More

Why our IT implementation is going to be different to the norm!

Having spent many months defining a set of detailed requirements for the building of a new Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS), then many more months creating a specification which, through the hard work of our supplier (Tribal Education Ltd), has slowly become our new Information System we are now on the verge of entering the… Read More

What skills make up the CIO skill set?

Leading a team. How did that become the key role of an Informatics specialist? The day the specialist became a CIO, that’s when! Trying to build a team whilst leading a team and trying to create enthusiasm in a whole team … that is a basic skill of the successful CIO in 2013. What is… Read More

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