Driving closer collaboration between the business and IT
Huge potential exists for driving down the cost of public sector IT. Moving away from bespoke propositions to standard, pre-validated structures that are fit for purpose offers the promise of faster deployment and more robust solutions.
In public sector IT, the so-called architectural approach is gathering speed as the most cost-effective means of delivering common IT services. Both in Ireland and abroad, governments are examine how they can modify IT service delivery in ways that will add agility and reduce the total cost of ownership, both for implementation and for ongoing support.
The architectural approach means multi-level engagement between the business and the IT side of government. Periodic, management-level engagement operates above the operational level, and looks for areas of commonality across the government. With a commitment to eliminating “from-scratch” and bespoke engagements, the architectural approach focuses on the development of a standard catalogue of IT services that can be adjusted as needed.
eir works with central and local government on initiatives to standardise and improve cost efficiency of services that include a significant IT component, from office relocation to Web service development.