Earlier this week, Ami and I headed for London, complete with a (if we say so ourselves – see the pic here) rather impressive, new exhibition stand for the Government ICT conference at Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster. The conference theme was “Transforming Government”, underpinned by the promise that “2016 sees unprecedented support for technological innovation as a vital means to reduce inefficiency with £1.8 billion having been committed to IT.”
It was a memorable trip for several reasons. Firstly, having set up the stand on Monday night, we headed for a meal, only to discover that you can’t move in London without tripping over celebs. We went to a restaurant called ‘Strada’, near the London Eye, and who should be there but Hugh Grant, accompanied, as the tabloids would no doubt say, by a bevvy of beauties. Some beers later and Ami was trying to take a paparrazi shot that we could sell for millions, but his iphone wasn’t up to it and all we got was a rather dark, blurry image.
After that excitement, the next day dawned and we were on duty. The conference was completely sold out and we spent the entire day, from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, on our feet. We had many, many conversations, and the general impression we got was that the Big 4’s hold on public sector IT is, perhaps, loosening slightly. This, of course, is one of the reasons Be-IT was at Government ICT and that we’re on G Cloud. The purpose of G Cloud is to encourage SME’s and thus to help reduce costs to the public sector (and yes, we are saying we believe Be-IT is more cost-effective - and better - than the Big 4!). Anyway, both of us have come away with a host of leads which we’ll be pursuing over the next week. Watch this space as they say…
Michael Phair, Be-IT Resourcing