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.
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 supplier agreements to 29 companies. The strategy has already produced savings of £159.6 million on ICT contracts during financial year 2011-12, dramatically improved the speed and efficiency of ICT procurement, and succeeded in making Government ICT more open and accountable to the people and organisations that use public services.
Whitehall Media’s Public Sector2012 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 event, which will be held at the Hotel Russell, London, on the 8 November, 2012, promises to be the most powerful strategic government ICT event of 2012 and will gather together some of the UK’s pre-eminent speakers who influence and determine policy for the most influential sector of the Government. Key speakers will include high level public servants and specialists from the Public Sector arena.
Public Sector Enterprise ICT 2012 is a non-technical event that will deal with all of these issues. Dedicated to sharing best practice and innovation in Business and IT across Local Authorities, NHS Trust, Central Government, Defence, Justice and Education – Public Sector Enterprise ICT 2012 With up to 500 delegates attending, Enterprise ICT 2012 is the must attend conference of the Government Calendar. As always, we look forward to welcoming all our colleagues in the industry who share our interest in improving efficiency and innovating joined-up working in the UK.
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.