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Ovum bolsters its public sector offering with the appointment of ex-Microsoft's Joe Dignan as Chief Analyst

(PresseBox) (London, ) Ovum has appointed Joe Dignan (formerly at Microsoft) as its new Chief Analyst, European Public Sector. The move reinforces Ovum's commitment to providing unrivalled government insight. The experience that Dignan brings will help shape new areas of research, while strengthening the independent analyst firm's public sector proposition.

As leader of the European Public Sector team at Ovum, Joe's main focus will be the transformation within the public sector, mapping the key areas of ICT change to the challenges facing the public sector arena within Europe. In addition, he will concentrate much of his own research on the development of the 'smart city' market, which continues to be a growing area of interest, activity, and investment.

"The public sector technology landscape has been hit by a perfect storm of change over the last three years. Whereas before the public sector had options, the economic downturn and the confluence of cloud, consumerisation of IT, and the continuum of connectivity that is the Internet of things is creating new ways for the public sector, suppliers and citizens to interact. We expect the smart city to be the arena in which they all come together", said Dignan.

Prior to Ovum, Joe was at Microsoft where he was the Worldwide Industry Managing Director for Local and Regional Government leading Microsoft's nascent smart city value proposition.

His substantial experience working in government has been accompanied by working for global public strategic transformation consultancies and blue-chip suppliers. During his 30 years in the business he has been involved globally in national security, economic development, education and digital enablement.

Ian Charlesworth, Ovum's Technology Research and Analysis Director said. "We are delighted to welcome Joe to Ovum. His wealth of knowledge will complement that of our global Public Sector analysts, allowing us to strengthen our current proposition, as well as extend our research into new areas. In particular, the impact of smart cities - a subject that continues to be the source of much confusion and subject to piecemeal research by other firms - will be crucial to understand if organisations working in the sector are to navigate the 'perfect storm' Joe describes'."

About Ovum

Ovum provides clients with independent and objective analysis that enables them to make better business and technology decisions. Our research draws upon over 400,000 interviews a year with business and technology, telecoms and sourcing decision-makers, giving Ovum and our clients unparalleled insight not only into business requirements but also the technology that organisations must support. Ovum is an Informa business.

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