Earlier this month the UK Government released its Digital Transformation Strategy, outlining how it plans to digitise its services and build better workplace tools and processes to make it easier for public servants to work effectively.
But what does this mean for enterprises vested in the public sector; how can they adhere to the government’s digitalisation plans and ensure they are delivering a similarly holistic approach to their IT infrastructure and resources?
The challenge ahead
While the government’s latest manifesto should be commended, the road ahead to digitise its systems will not be an easy one.
It’s fair to say that government agencies have faced previous hurdles in the delivery of new or standardised IT based infrastructure. Challenged by aging, complex processes and systems, and struggling to effectively manage the sheer volumes of citizen and business data being held, there have been numerous problems documented over the years.
Data duplication has been a particular issue; with 25 ministerial departments and 21 non-ministerial departments alone, ensuring effective collaboration and communication with each another is no mean feat.
To tackle the challenge, the government will need to move towards common technology, where it can consume commodity hardware or cloud-based software and most importantly, move away from legacy contracts that are trapping departments into ageing technologies and prohibiting digital transformation.
However unlike the government, which is instigating digital change because it is the right thing to do, enterprises not yet fully engaged with their own digital transformation will be forced to change by competition or risk falling by the wayside; and for those vested in the public sector space, the time to act is most certainly now.
Failure to act quickly could also result in serious contractual repercussions for enterprises. Let’s take public service facing construction companies for example.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Any construction company working across centrally procured public sector projects must now be BIM Level 2 accredited as standard.
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