Public Sector Budget Implications and 2019 Forward View

Sponsored by: Global Data

Focused on:

  • Brexit
  • Market Prediction

Date: 12 November


Time: 11AM London/6AM New York

If 2017 was one of the most politically volatile years in the UK’s recent history, then 2018 has scarcely been less stormy. With the shape of Brexit still mired in mystery, amid frustration for all involved in trying to square an impossible circle, plus a faltering economy in the shadow of uncertainty, a weak government with a fragile majority, and a fractious Parliament, predicting what will happen in 2019 would challenge the most astute forecaster or soothsayer.

Yet the suppliers, teams and individuals who provide the technology underpinning Britain’s cash-strapped public services cannot stand still. They need to know where political uncertainty will create barriers to technology adoption, where the new public sector opportunities will come from, and what the future holds.

Join the GlobalData Public Sector team as they unpick Philip Hammond’s 2018 Budget, and outline the key policy and technology challenges facing each part of the sector in 2019. The analysts will give their predictions for likely market and technology developments next year, and what the public services technology community, including suppliers, should do to prepare for what could, in the context of Brexit, be an uncertain time.

Presented by

David Bicknell,

Editor, Government Computing

David Bicknell is the Editor of Government Computing in addition to being contributing editor of Computer Business Review (CBR). Previously, he held senior positions in a 14-year career at Computer Weekly as News Editor, US Correspondent, and was Managing Editor of e-Business Review. In the past, he has worked as a freelance editor, author and content and media specialist, and is co-author with Tony Collins of a book of IT project management case studies called 'Crash' (Simon & Schuster). He is also co-founder (with Tony Collins) of the Campaign4Change blog, which looks at business change and change management issues.

Rob Anderson,

Principal Analyst

Rob Anderson heads up the GlobalData Public Sector team that delivers research, analysis and commentary on the central government, criminal justice and national security market segments.

With over twenty years’ experience of public sector IT programmes in a mix of private and public sector positions, Rob’s main field of expertise is in understanding the key challenges that Whitehall departments face and articulating how technology can best address those issues. A background that spans sales, technical support, commercial activity and stakeholder management on both sides of the buyer/supplier divided provides Rob with a balanced perspective in fulfilling his client advisory role.

His work at GlobalData has also encompassed pan-public sector projects and focused consulting engagements assessing new product and service opportunities for clients.

Rob Stoneman,


Robert Stoneman is GlobalData Public Sector's analyst for local government and emergency services.

Robert joined GlobalData in October 2016 after several years working across the education sector. He spent three years as an associate lecturer at the University of Kent while completing his PhD. Afterwards, he spent 18 months managing data and ICT as part of a multi-academy trust in Essex and North East London specialising in pupils with special educational needs.

John O’Brien,

Research Director

John leads GlobalData’s Public Health ICT research, delivering research, analysis and commentary on the NHS, the world’s largest, and most complex, public health organisation.

With twenty years’ experience as a software and IT services analyst, John has established deep level connections into the technology supplier and end user communities. John’s real passion for the sector is in articulating how advanced digital technology like Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics can be used to reduce pressure on the system, transform the delivery of care, and ultimately save lives. His research interests span into how the digital transformation facing the NHS will also have huge implications for the way people work.

His work at GlobalData also encompasses consulting engagements assessing new product and service opportunities for clients.

John has built long-term relationships based on trust and integrity, and an unvarnished, zero-hype perspective on current and future opportunities. Prior to GlobalData, John held senior research positions at HfS Research, TechMarketView and Ovum.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understand the implications of the 2018 Budget for public sector technology buyers
  • Identify areas of technology opportunity likely to be less affected by political uncertainty in 2019
  • Gain a view across all parts of the public sector including central, local and devolved government; health; education; national security; emergency services and transport
  • Gain insight into procurement trends, opportunities and outcomes


  • IT service providers
  • Tech companies and consultancies working with the public sector
  • Public sector CTOs and CDOs