Monday, 12 October 2009

Edinburgh days (and nights coming up)

It hardly seems as though there was time to get home and say ccitdg before it was time to set off for Edinburgh for Socitm 09. If you are reading this and could not get to Edinburgh then you can 'get a flavour' at or view #socitm09 on twitter.

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world (despite the ongoing chaos caused by the construction of the new tram system) and the journey here was as scenic and pleasurable as it always is. After checking in to the hotel it was time to get ready for the first meal and reception where this year we welcomed a significant number of international guests. We have representatives and colleagues from a range of European partners as well as New Zealand, Australia the US and Canada.

Conference saw the 'launch' of our 'Council of the Future’initiative, which is the start of a broader focus on 'Tomorrows public services'. This is not only going to be an exciting journey, we are, after all at the beginning of an information revolution the impact and reach of which will be comparable to or greater than the industrial revolution, but also the central initiative for Socitm for the next 24-36 months. Shortly after conference we will also be launching Socitm TV, a web TV channel, as part of our ongoing commitment to explore all channels through which we can interact with members and partners. Anyway, the conference started with very good session from Geoff Mulgan, a full report of which can be found on

Following breakfast with one of my sons (who is studying in Edinburgh the morning began with a presentation from Adrian Joseph (MD, Google) covering issues around cloud computing. He dealt with the subject under 4 main areas:

1. Downturn increases relevance of Cloud computing

2. It will be the most disruptive technology over the next 5 years (in a good way)

3. It is prompting new questions ( some of which are bogus)

4. Takeup is increasing rapidly

There were interesting issues around the nature of real innovation and (good phrase coming up) the inevitability of innovation. Watch out for the full session report on See for a laugh.

Looking forward to the afternoon sessions and of course the Gala Dinner and Fred Macaulay ( More tomorrow....keep up via .

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