The UK Home Office is embarking on an effort to modernise the agency’s IT strategy, which according to its CTO and former G-Cloud head Denise McDonagh will help break its dependence on large systems integrators and long-term technology contracts.
The Home Office’s technology transformation programme, known as ReSET4, aims to disaggregate the Agency’s core infrastructure. The programme, which the Home Office hopes to have up and running by the time some of its large long-term technology contracts with Fujitsu and Atos among others expire in 2016, will see the agency contract with technology firms in smaller chunks, using the G-Cloud framework among other government digital service procurement frameworks as a standard.
McDonagh and Simon Bond explained the programme in a webcast this week.
“ReSET4 was established to change the way we build, procure and manage our IT to ensure we can deliver the high quality responsive service the Home Office needs,” McDonagh said.
“Between now and 2016 we will move away from being locked into massive end-to-end contracts, or tied to particular technologies, towards a model in which we have far great flexibility to change our IT and respond to changing needs,” she said.
“We’re very interested to start using more commodity systems at the Home Office,” said Home Office head of strategy, transformation and architecture Simon Bond.
Among its other IT objectives includes a move towards a Citrix-based virtual desktop environment, increase its use of mobile platforms.
“We’re undergoing a number of proof of concepts in that space just now, using suppliers mainly from G-Cloud,” McDonagh said.
According to Bond and McDonagh the Home Office intends to go down the route of procuring – not only through G-cloud, but other government procurement frameworks, and will only look to procure through a fill to order route when absolutely necessary. The agency intends to use G-Cloud as a means to break the its dependence on large, long-term technology contracts, which they claimed have inhibited its ability to innovate and respond to the changing needs of the organisation.
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