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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Momentous investment, but lacking the digital direction

James Norman, UK Public Sector CIO, EMC

“We saw billions of investment announced today to ensure we continue to grow as a Nation and lead as a stronger country. This is a fantastic step forward and clearly shows that the Government is starting to listen to industry more. But where was the investment in our digital foundation? Did Matt Hancock’s promise of tackling the sharing and linking of data come through? To an extent yes, by promising to eradicate paper processes by creating the most digitally advanced tax system and investing £1.8 billion for digital transformation, of which £450 million is for Government Digital Services over the next five years. However, despite the boost in funding for health, it wasn’t the amount that was expected. It will be interesting to see which areas they prioritise as they progress the Five Year Forward View. But we don’t just need a well-funded GDS and NHS – what we need is a digital foundation built on data and transparency, as well as a smarter approach to drive efficiencies within government, whilst improving services for citizens.

If the Government is to meet the needs of the ‘information generation’ and deliver against demands for more online services in business support and personalised healthcare, as revealed in our recent ‘Future of Government Digital Services’ report, the digital foundation needs to be clearly mapped out and strong enough to weather the storms ahead.”

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