May 2024


How long will it take to be Digital by Default?

With the digital by default agenda moving more services online, the Government aims to save between £1.7 and £1.8 billion a year. However, is the infrastructure in place to support this move, both from the provider and the user perspective? And how are CIOs preparing for these 2015 targets?

CIOs across the country are coming under increased pressure to reduce IT costs whilst delivering improved services. Never has this been truer than in the Public Sector, following the Civil Service Reform Plan. The UK Cabinet Office has declared that it wants to bring IT spending down from c.£26bn to c.£16bn and is therefore looking for smarter value propositions from vendors, and smarter purchasing from enterprises. Ovum Live is bringing Public Sector Enterprise Insights to the Cavendish Conference Centre in London on 13 March 2014 to help deal with these issues. The event is based on thousands of hours of Ovum research into what Public Sector can learn from enterprise, in terms of IT procurement, infrastructure upgrades, cost savings, migration to the Cloud and more. Speakers include the CIOs from the Irish Government, Essex County Council, City of Edinburgh Council, London Borough of Brent, West Midlands Police, Director of Parliamentary ICT, Head of Transparency at the FCO and Deputy Director, ICT Business Strategy and Planning at the Welsh Government, as well as think-tank viewpoints from Policy Exchange and the Open Data Institute.

The UK is the most open public sector market in the world and the UK government is determined to broaden its supplier base and include SMEs. G-Cloud, Public Sector Networks and shared services have opened up many opportunities to: significantly reduce costs, roll out ICT systems that deliver improved and more flexible services, and achieve large economies of scale. However this has also thrown up challenges: how does one go about choosing credible partners and suppliers in this new marketplace? Panel sessions and practical case studies explore some of these challenges at the event, demonstrating how local and central government is pushing forward with great procurement success.

According to Government Digital Strategy, government departments need to develop services that allow straightforward access to information and services in times and in ways that are convenient to the users rather than the providers, and that are more efficient and cost-effective to develop and run. With government pushing public cloud first policy, why are so many public sectors organisations still lagging behind in the adoption of cloud services, despite significant ICT savings and ever-increasing security measures? This event explores some of the concerns and challenges of CIOs who have moved towards the cloud, and what ROI they have demonstrated.

While the foreseeable future will see CIOs and IT leaders continuing to grapple with challenges of demonstrating the value of IT and delivering ‘quick win’ solutions whilst simultaneously keeping the lights on and improving services to citizens, there is also great opportunities for innovation, agility and customer engagement. Ovum’s Public Sector Enterprise Insights Conference will provide holistic thought leadership across two days, tackling key issues such as procurement, data sovereignty, security, cloud services, mobility and next generation technologies.

Co-located with Public Sector Enterprise Insights, Smart Strategies for Healthcare Technology has been developed to provide critical input for IT leaders in healthcare, providing objective, timely, evaluation of the different healthcare challenges and applications and solutions for tackling them.

The format of the event is discursive with roundtable discussions and case studies from leading CIO and Clinical Directors in healthcare providers, sharing their experiences on what works and what does not.

These conferences will give you the knowledge and tools to:

·Implement and sustain effective ICT strategies without breaking the bank

·Maximise resources in the current financially constrained environment

·Support real-time decision making

·Share information across institutions

·Get in early on the mobile apps curve

·Better enable collaborative team working

Join these events to learn from peers, discuss best practices, understand and discover new technologies and gain valuable insights into the latest trends. Public Sector executives can register for the event for free – simply visit to claim your pass, entering PSEI/GPSJ as your Priority Code. Solution providers in this space can register with a 20% discount by entering GPS20 as your priority code on the paid registration form.

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