Magazine article Public Finance

Data Sharing Has Improved, Study Finds

Magazine article Public Finance

Data Sharing Has Improved, Study Finds

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Public bodies have improved their data sharing following incidents such as the Victoria Climbié case and the Soham murders, according to technology specialists.

A study by IT firm Oracle, which manages many central and local government IT contracts, has revealed that public bodies are now often better at data sharing than private sector companies.

But the study, published on April 6, found that some managers were still 'making ill-informed decisions based on inaccurate information' involving a range of IT systems.

Research on 'business intelligence use - IT systems ranging from basic finance packages to advanced data records used in criminal justice involved 200 organisations, including 50 public bodies.

This revealed that just four in ten managers believed they were knowledgeable about BI systems. However, that figure rises to over 50% in the public sector. …

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