London (PRWEB UK) 9 August 2012
Information and communications technology (ICT) is critical for the effective operation of government and the delivery of the services it provides to citizens and businesses. The government’s ICT Strategy aims to deliver better public services for a reduced cost. It believes efficient ICT can release savings, and increase public sector productivity and efficiency. These savings are critical in order to reduce the structural deficit and continue to fund front-line services. The government maintains that its ICT strategy will enable the building of a common infrastructure, underpinned by a set of common standards. Government will work to accelerate the implementation of the strategy as part of its drive to cut down costs and improve current capabilities.
The strategy will build on the ICT moratorium, project reviews and contract renegotiations which have allowed the government to appraise and take control of spending, and ensure that projects demonstrate value for money and effectiveness. It will further underline the government’s commitment to increasing transparency, through actions like publishing government ICT contracts online. This will make it easier for the public to scrutinise how money is spent as well as opening up new opportunities for business. The strategy is focused on driving real change. It sets out how government ICT will enable the delivery of public services in very different ways to the past. The government is taking a different approach to deliver this strategy, characterised by a strong centre and continued commitment to greater transparency through regular and open reporting.
IT operational efficiency is a business imperative. Optimizing the IT infrastructure improves operational efficiency by reducing costs, improving agility, and maximizing performance. The transition to the Public Services Network, which forms an integral part of the coalition government’s ICT strategy, is already well underway. The government has calculated that by 2014, Britain's public sector could be saving £130 million or more each year through both reform and efficiency savings. Although only one year into this programme of reform, the implementation of the strategy has already resulted in the awarding of the first public service connectivity framework agreements to 12 enterprises, offered more opportunities for SMEs, particularly on the G Cloud framework, produced savings of £159.6 million on ICT contracts during financial year 2011-12, brought about dramatic improvements in the speed and ease of ICT procurement, reduced the size and complexity of ICT projects, and succeeded in making Government ICT more open and accountable to the people and organisations that use public services.
Public Sector Enterprise ICT 2012 is a business strategy conference that will address all of these issues. It will be attended by key Public Sector decision-makers across the UK, and will focus on the practical aspects of the effective delivery of the government’s ICT strategy and the Strategic Implementation Plan. It will also discuss the technology and business aspects of maximising efficiency and achieving Value for Money. It will reach out to embrace the Efficiency and Reform agenda in the context of delivering best practice in ICT.
The focus of this year’s event will be the government’s drive to deliver £1.4 billion of savings in the next 4 years which it believes will help it to deliver better and more-effective digital public services. The conference will also be a major platform for a discussion of the G-Cloud Store which forms part of the wider government Cloud programme. The conference aims to bring together the users and suppliers of solutions and technology to discuss business and government initiatives, the latest trends and developments, large scale deployments, partnerships & alliances, developing standards, new applications, new business opportunities and future direction.
Public Sector Enterprise ICT 2012 is a non-technical event that will address these issues. It is dedicated to sharing best practice and innovation in Business and IT across Local Authorities, NHS Trust, Central Government, Defence, Justice and Education. With up to 500 delegates attending, Public Sector Enterprise ICT 2012 is the must attend conference of the Government Calendar. As always, Whitehall Media looks forward to welcoming all colleagues in the industry who share an interest in improving efficiency and innovating joined-up working in the UK.