The UK Government has published a new ICT strategy for the public sector aimed at simplifying and standardising ICT across the public sector to enable interoperability and data sharing while providing flexibility and efficient services that will deliver savings of over £3.2 billion per year.
The aims of the ICT strategy are to be met through fourteen delivery strands straddling three thematic areas: common infrastructure, common standards and common capabilities, namely:
1. Public Sector Network strategy to deliver converged voice and data communications across the public sector
2. Government-Cloud (G-Cloud) through the establishment of a private cloud in the first instance
3. Data Centre Rationalisation to reduce the number of data centres from hundreds to 10-12
4. Government application store (G-AS) to enable re-use rather than re-design of existing services
5. Shared services concept to enable enterprise resource planning delivered through G-Cloud
6. Desktop services – adoption of common models and designs
7. Architecture and standards which are secure, interoperable and common
8. Open Source, open standards and re-use – to increase flexibility and facilitate switching of suppliers
9. Greening government ICT to achieve carbon-neutral ICT by 2012
10. Information security and assurance to match risk appetite to risk exposure
11. Professionalising IT enabled change – increasing in-house skills to lower spend on consultants and contractors
12. Reliable project delivery – through greater programme accountability and intervention by CIO and OGC
13. Supply management – improved government-supplier relationships through collaborative procurement
14. International alignment with EU agreements, etc.
Implementation of the strategy will be overseen by the CIO Council, which brings together CIOs from across all parts of the public sector and is chaired by John Suffolk, the Government CIO.