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government ICT strategy launched

6 April 2011

The UK Government recently released its ICT Strategy following on from manifesto commitments made prior to the election.

It makes for interesting reading. The proposals for the sharing of IT infrastructure is one that struck a particular chord as it’s one that we recently advised on and seems a common sense approach to making ICT more efficient.

Other proposals worth picking up are the preference for open source software where possible, to make greater use of cloud computing, a presumption against large projects and an environment for SMEs in particular to be able to access contracts and to test solutions.

Inevitably, given the scope of the strategy, it is short on detail on any one area. Some areas however (cloud computing, use of open source solutions, use of many providers) will need careful management if government-held data about all of us is not to be kept securely. Data security is likely to be key to ensuring that these proposals turn out as planned.

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