The Cabinet Office plays a central role in providing guidance and setting standards for the use of information technology in government and the delivery of government services.
The need to transform public services and to fully exploit ICT to achieve this is accelerating. To meet increasing demand within this complex technology arena, the UK public sector has built an ICT infrastructure that in many instances duplicates solutions across different areas of Government. The ICT strategy will ensure that the infrastructure will go through a process of standardisation and simplification based on the premise of a common infrastructure designed to enable local delivery suited to local needs.
The Government considers that in order to deliver its key objectives a programme of positive action is now needed to ensure that there is an effective ‘level playing field’ between open source and proprietary software and to realise the potential contribution open source software can make to wider aims of re–use and open standards.
The Government Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council brings together CIOs from across all parts of the public sector to address common issues. The webpages consists of the following independent sections detailing the work and plans of the various workstreams of the CIO Council:
The Government IT Profession is the professional group for all people working in IT in the public sector. Its goal is to enable organisations and individuals to build effective capability and capacity to deliver excellent IT.
Its community space [External website] offers a place for IT professionals to network, collaborate and share best practice and news. If you work in public sector IT, register now.