On 24 Jan 2013, the GPS released their most recent sales data for the G-Cloud programme. The transparency is welcomed. We’ve cleaned the data up a tiny bit, done an hour of analysis. 50% of the spend is by 4 government departments, and 51% of the spend goes to 4 suppliers.
Today sees Mobbu Limted launching our new website.
With increased focus on Mobbu, our people and products as well as continuing to keep the community informed and engaged via our blog.
We could not have done this work with out the considerable help, ideas and cajoling from our great team of suppliers: Osomi, Fran Swaine & Mat Keller
Some quick and incomplete notes on the history and organising metaphors of policing databases.
1. One database to rule them all
2. Google my many databases
3. See the wood for the trees/systems of insight
Our testing admiral Áine McGovern wrote a great summary of how we test web and mobile software. Here she is:
I was asked by someone in the office what would be my testing tips. They need to be concise enough to fit on a post-it note… I’m not sure if I can quite manage that but I have some tips that work for me I have some tips that work for me
[Mobbu summer party photo by Áine]
And in the blink of an eye, we turned 400 weeks old – a couple of weeks ago. This is roughly what we were doing…
Thanks to our friends at RIM as part of our Select Alliance membership, we get sent the latest pre-release BlackBerry’s to test our Police mobile applications on.
This is normally difficult for us because our Police applications can only run on CESG accredited device operating systems. Something that takes RIM 6-12 months to achieve. So testing on latest devices as soon as they are available is not a high priority for us.
Instead I have been using the BlackBerry Bold 9900 as my personal device and here are a few things I have observed:
I saw my first GEOAmey vehicle one afternoon last week, a freshly unwrapped white van that was probably returning some prisoners after their day at Brighton’s courts.
The Ministry of Justice awarded new contracts for prisoner escorting in England and Wales in March 2011, and as of late August GEOAmey are the newest entrant and largest player in that market – they’ll be managing approximately 2,600 daily prisoner movements.
Detail emerges on the National Crime Agency from the Home Office announcements, the NCA plan and commentary elsewhere.
The problem statement is summarised in paras 1.2, 1.3 and 2 of the NCA plan: “the national response to serious and organised crime remains patchy [...] absence of a cross-government organised crime strategy, the lack of strong national tasking and coordination, [...] tendency to operate in silos”, and the NCA aims to address that.
What will the NCA do?
The budget cuts are starting to hurt, but the pain is now internal: this week we saw sharp words between the Police Federation, who are a union-like association for 140,000 rank and file police officers, and ACPO, who perform the same role for chief constables and other senior officers. The Police Federation are annoyed with Sir Hugh Orde’s non-attendance at their conference, believing it to be a symptom of a wider failure of ACPO to prevent/resist the cuts. They’ve written a critical open letter to ACPO, who are no doubt annoyed that the Pol Fed and so have offered a equally public rebuttal.