Radical shift in [UK] Government ICT will save £3.2 billion annually in public money – 27 January 2010

Posted on January 28, 2010. Filed under: Health Informatics |

Radical shift in [UK] Government ICT will save £3.2 billion annually in public money – 27 January 2010

“Savings to the public purse of £3.2 billion annually from 2013/14 are to be made through transformations in public sector information technology.

Measures set out in the Government’s ICT Strategy, published today, reveal a market leading plan for a smarter, cheaper and greener public sector ICT infrastructure.

The government will create one secure, resilient and flexible network which will enable every area of government to adapt their ICT to best deliver for the public. Other changes include, for the first time, bringing together Government departments, local government and wider public sector organisations to remove unnecessary overlaps between departments and avoid costly duplication of technology.

Today’s strategy builds on the Smarter Government programme which sets out a raft of ways in which the government intends to halve the public deficit by 2014. These include efficiency savings by increasing the use of online services, streamlining contact with the public and reducing digital exclusion.”   ….

“Key measures the Public Sector ICT Strategy include:

Establishing a Government Cloud or ‘G-Cloud’. The government cloud infrastructure will enable public sector bodies to select and host ICT services from one secure shared network. Multiple services will be available from multiple suppliers on the network making it quicker and cheaper to switch suppliers and ensure systems are best suited to need.

Reducing of the number of data centres. Consolidating hundreds of computer data centres, which hold all the digital information for Government, to approximately 10 to 12 secure, resilient centres. This will save £300 million, lead to 75% reduction in power and cooling requirements of the centres and ensure data storage is secure, accessible and sustainable.

Creating a Government Applications store. The Application Store will be a marketplace for sharing and reusing online computer programmes (like standard Office applications such as word processing and email) on a pay by use basis. It will speed up procurement and deliver savings of approximately £500 million per year.

Implementing a common desktop strategy. A new set of common designs for desktop computers across the public sector. Historically each organisation has separately specified, built and designed its desktop computers. Creating one set of designs will lead to savings of £400 million per year.”

The full ICT strategy can be found at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/cio/ict.aspx and at http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/it  from 27 January 2010.

A revised version of the Open source, Open standards, Reuse policy has also been published and can be found at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/318020/open_source.pdf from 27 January 2010.”

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