“I really enjoy getting my hands on new applications so I can explore how they work.”
Did you know we have technology champions across Somerset County Council? We have a chat with one of our Tech Champs, Steve Marsh, to find out more!
Firstly, what exactly is a Tech Champ?
It’s a member of staff who volunteers to be a local point of support in their team. We test drive new tech and explore how it can help our team and the wider organisation. We work as a community with other Tech Champs to share best practice.
What do you enjoy about it?
Getting my hands on new applications first so I can explore how they work and what their benefits are! Also, empowering staff to use the applications, ensuring they get the most out of it, and finding smarter, more collaborative ways of working.
Tell us a bit about the new technology Somerset County Council is introducing and its benefits?
We’ve recently gone through a massive Digital Transformation, which introduced Windows 10 and Office 365 to our devices. Office 365 in conjunction with SharePoint Online has allowed more collaborative ways of working, flexibility for remote working and more of our meetings are being done virtually!
How does it fit around your role?
We’re encouraged to spend roughly 10% of our time dedicated to being a Technology Champion. I spilt my time between this and the Improving Lives Programme, and my manager’s support has been vital in helping me fulfil both roles. It’s aided my own development and given me a new outlook on how to approach my role.
Steve Marsh, Technology Champion