While 3D printing is becoming more widely used in general engineering the use of 3D printing in the medical and allied sectors such as dentistry has only just begun.
Technology will continue to change the way services are run in 2018. But before we look forward, GT takes a look back at our top read features from last year.
1 - Data protection: a necessity not a choice (12 May 2017)
In February, a town council in Devon was held to ransom by hackers demanding £3,000 in return for public data. With local authorities moving towards smarter, more digital services, Daniel Nesbitt, research director for Big Brother Watch, looks at the importance of local authority data security
2 - Tapping into talent in the communications industry (15 May 2017)
The new Communications Services framework has proved extremely popular with suppliers, resulting in a number of small businesses signing up to work with government for the first time. Government Business looks at the agreement in more detail
3 - The public sector and data literacy (28 September 2017)
To meet consumer expectations in today’s market, there needs to be a data culture shift across the public sector. Simon Blunn explains why
4 - The transformative power of the cloud (6 July 2017)
John Jackson, chief executive of the London Grid for Learning (LGfL), shares his thoughts on the London SuperCloud which will provide all 33 London boroughs with lower-cost, cloud-based access to commonly used services and applications saving the public sector a potential £1 billion a year
5 - What does AI mean for government? (18 October 2017)
The largest global commercial companies are under pressure: they face a new world where digital disruption has changed consumer expectations forever. Yasmeen Ahmad, director of Think Big Analytics, gives lessons from commercial enterprise
6 - Social media - the present of public communications (15 March 2017)
With the role of digital technology increasing across all UK sectors, local government has, in some ways, some catching up to do. Government Business looks at the importance of public sector communications and how best to implement a strategic digital approach
7 - Delivering software and growing digital (29 June 2017)
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 framework launched in February 2017, helping the public sector to find suppliers that can buy, design, build and deliver software and test their websites or software. Niall Quinn, director for the Technology Strategic Category of CCS, discusses the aims, objectives and impact of the new framework, how it is driving government spend to SMEs, and the growing importance of digital
8 - Can we make planning more transparent? (15 March 2017)
Data already holds a key role in infrastructure planning. Future Cities Catapult’s Stefan Webb explains why developing technology is key to increasing transparency in the planning sector
9 - Preparing for a digital disruption (16 August 2017)
Andrew Scott, senior communications manager at the Business Continuity Institute, discusses the findings of the recent Cyber Resilience Report and the growing threat of digital disruption to organisations
10 - Digital transformation in the public sector (10 November 2017)
In the UK, the public sector is still heavily reliant on older IT infrastructure, which can significantly hamper the ability of staff to deliver the high-level of service that we have come to expect thanks to pioneering industries such as retail and logistics.
Richard Whomes, director of sales engineering, Rocket Software, explains how digital transformation can improve and boost the public sector