Simon Dennis
SIMON DENNIS - Central Government Director, SAS UK

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market.

Simon is responsible for managing the key relationships between UK Central Government and SAS. In this role he enables and accelerates the delivery of SAS powered transformation programmes that support the UK and its public sector to become ever more efficient and effective through the use of analytics.

Joining SAS in early 2000, he was initially responsible for a broad portfolio of public sector organisations in defence, central government and homeland security. Since 2003 he has directed the migration and implementation of SAS techniques and solutions developed for the private sector to tackle public sector counter-fraud and security programmes.

Simon works directly with government departments and extensively through government’s strategic and tactical delivery partners. He facilitates collaboration with both his SAS colleagues and their government customers across the globe to champion and develop Government Analytics Capability.

After graduating in Physics from the University of Bristol, Simon continued to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and his early career saw service with the military across EMEA, Asia and North America. Returning to the UK, Simon was soon drawn back to technology particularly in the areas of risk mitigation and Cyber-Security.

Entries by Simon Dennis

Government Chief Data Officer? We Need an Army of Data Analysts

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (23:00)

The government is such a great candidate to benefit from better analysis and use of data both internally and externally, given the volume of data available to it. So it was pleasing to see an article by Eddie Copeland, Head of Technology Policy at Policy Exchange, where he argues that...

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How to Tackle the Data Sharing Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (14:20)

The Government and public sector have a head start on many other organisations as they already have a rich source of data. The trouble is that all that potentially valuable data is not shared, but locked away in departmental silos. This antiquated approach is blocking the benefits that would arise...

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Time to Unleash the Value of Public Sector Data

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2014 | (14:20)

Both Government and the public sector are in the enviable position of having lots of data about UK citizens. However, the current culture, systems and processes make it difficult to unlock the insight held within that data to help improve services and drive efficiency. Thankfully, this is now likely to...

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Can the UK Public Sector Become Better, Faster, Stronger?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (09:01)

Simon Dennis, central government director at SAS UK, reflects on plans for a paperless and digitally-enabled public sector

When it's claimed that the UK government could be wasting money that's equivalent to current spending on state pensions - and considerably more than what's spent by the Department for Education -...

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The Data Needed for the Wiki Approach to Policy-Making Is Already Out There

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (19:46)

Last week, the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published a report calling for a 'wiki' approach to policy-making, with the aim of involving the public much more in the political process. It recommends that at all stages of the policy cycle, the public should be included with views,...

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Turning Demographic Data Into Valuable Insight

(0) Comments | Posted 4 January 2013 | (12:00)

Earlier this month we saw the second phase release of 2011's census data, which laid bare a wealth of information on an array of demographic criteria. Although the data may seem overwhelming in its rawest form, if harnessed correctly it could actually become an incredibly valuable resource, not only for...

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Building a Case for Evidence-Based Policy Making

(0) Comments | Posted 12 December 2012 | (19:51)

The Minister for Government Policy, Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, once said: "If you ask me for evidence, my evidence is the whole history of the world." Behind the cogs and outer workings of any public service that citizens use today lies evidence. For a doctor to make a diagnosis,...

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Invasion of the Silver Sidekicks: Communicating With the Senior Citizen

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2012 | (14:22)

Simon Dennis, central government director at business analytics firm SAS, explains why the government needs to think about the particular needs of the elderly to avoid leaving them out in the cold.

Whether it's shopping, working or paying bills, our daily lives are increasingly taking place online. Yet...

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