Challenges of multi agency working set to be solved as G-Cloud moves into the government centre.

In the world of high technology and computing, new breakthroughs seem to arrive in a blaze of hype and publicity so thick and fast that it’s hard to avoid ending up suffering from chronic innovation fatigue.

Yet amongst all the noise and bluster, sometimes developments slip by virtually under the radar that, while unheralded, are no less significant.

As SCC’s Public Sector CTO Rhys Sharp will today (Tuesday June 18th) tell the prestigious Think G-Cloud conference in London, the current transitioning of the G-Cloud framework from it’s status as a Cabinet Office project to becoming part of the central Government Digital Service (GDS) is one of these. It might sound like a fairly tedious bureaucratic exercise to some, but given that it will bring both the public sector cloud and the pivotal data held by the Public Sector Network (PSN) under the same roof we are now edging closer to being able to form a single, unified view of the citizen.

Enabling integration drives cost efficiencies

One of the first benefits of this will be enabling multiple agencies to work together in a joined-up, integrated manner that will not only provide better outcomes, but will also drive multiple cost efficiencies.

Across the country, every day public sector organisations deal with cases and citizen problems that could involve any one of a multitude of agencies including housing, education, social work, probation and social services. As matters stand they are seldom made aware of the crossover, but with the advent of secure, IL2 and IL3 rated information sharing, they are now in a position where true collaboration and partnership can become a working reality.

The advent of G-Cloud means that new solutions can be accredited once and then used by multiple agencies – radically reducing deployment time – in an environment not constrained by the legacy systems of old. Breaking down the traditional IA barriers to collaboration, in time open data standards will improve the public sector’s ability to make data driven, better informed decisions.

Working with IIzuka

At SCC we know the principle, but having worked with IIZUKA to provide the UK Pensions Ombudsman with a secure Cloud-based Case Management system via our OptimiseCloud™ service, we also know how it works in practice.

Designed to deliver a central reference point for individual complaints to the government-appointed regulator, IIZUKA system both coordinates internal activities and provides external users with an information portal through which to track the progress of individual cases.

Made possible by an infrastructure powered by our IL2 and IL3 accredited Secure Multi-Tenanted Cloud platform, the service employs a flexible modular approach that has allowed it to be tailored to meet the specific business requirements of the Pensions Ombudsman’s Office.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. At the moment SCC is working with several Independent Service Providers seeking to extend their solutions to a wide range of government functions, and momentum is gathering as the vibrant SME sector increasingly recognises the opportunity G-Cloud offers.

As the Cloud First policy kicks into life and the technology moves into the centre of UK government computing, at SCC we believe that we are now poised to begin seeing the impact of some of the very tangible benefits the technology can deliver.

The only question is: are you?

“This is a watershed moment in the development of government computing.

One of the first and most significant of these will be its impact on cross agency collaboration. With Cloud and the Public Sector Network both operating under the same roof we are edging closer to being able to form a single, unified view of the citizen, enabling multiple agencies to work together in a joined-up, integrated manner that will not only provide better outcomes, but will also drive cost efficiencies.”

Rhys Sharp, SCC Public Sector CTO at SCC, is set to tell an audience of public sector leaders that a combination of Cloud technology and innovative SME solutions is poised to solve some of the greatest challenges facing civil servants working within a multi agency environment.

Speaking at the Think G-Cloud event in London today (Tuesday June 18th), Sharp will tell the audience of CIO’s, strategists and senior executives that G-Cloud has enabled a fresh generation of agile young companies to create a range of innovative new solutions for government. Citing examples from SCC’s experience, he will demonstrate how the technology holds the potential to fundamentally change the way that public sector organisations share information and collaborate.

“We are at a key breakthrough point in G-Cloud’s development. With the framework now transitioning to become part of the Government Digital Service (GDS), we are poised to begin seeing the impact of some of the very tangible benefits the technology can deliver,” said Sharp.

“Joining a speaker lineup that includes former G-Cloud Programme Director and Home Office CTO Denise McDonagh, Sharp will draw upon a range of examples to demonstrate how the complex workload handled by many government departments can be both simplified and improved by the application of Cloud technology.

“Across the country, every day public sector organisations deal with cases and citizen problems that could involve any one of a multitude of agencies including housing, education, social work, probation and social services. As matters stand they are seldom made aware of the crossover, but with the advent of secure, IL3 rated information sharing, they are now in a position where true collaboration and partnership can become a working reality.

“This is a watershed moment in the development of government computing. The advent of G-Cloud means that new solutions can be accredited once and then used by multiple agencies – radically reducing deployment time – in an environment not constrained by the legacy systems of old. Breaking down the traditional IA barriers to collaboration, in time open data standards will improve the public sector’s ability to make data driven, better informed decisions.”

The Think G-Cloud 2013 event is at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London on Tuesday 18th June. For more info visit: http://thinkgcloud.com/

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