The IT Pro Podcast: What’s so hard about public sector IT?

It’s a complex task, but government and public sector IT is ripe for transformation

The IT Pro Podcast: What’s so hard about public sector IT?

Public sector organisations have a reputation for being somewhat behind the times when it comes to IT transformation, frequently hampered by tight budgets and Byzantine bureaucratic procurement procedures. However, while this reputation isn’t entirely unwarranted, the reasons behind it aren’t as straightforward as they might appear. 

In this week’s episode, we’re looking at why public sector technology tends to lag behind the cutting edge, as well as what steps might be taken to give public sector technologists more room to innovate, and we’re joined by HPE’s senior vice president and UK MD, Marc Waters.

Highlights

“I would say there is a high degree of scrutiny on public sector projects, let's remember that. And let's also acknowledge, over that same time period, some incredible successes with government digital services, particularly around vaccine data, for example, and getting value from it. So we need that balance.”

“The other point I'd raise on on strategy that's worth coming back to, is how the UK Government is thinking about data. And I mean about data as an economic asset for our country, and for our business environment within the UK. We see a lot of talk around [the UK’s] economic agenda to be a science and technology powerhouse. Probably the biggest asset the government has in enabling that is data, some sort of coherence of department or local authority technology strategy, linked back to a broader data strategy for the country is, for me, sorely missing. And there are good examples of how this is being done in the EU, in a number of other countries, in the US that I would - and I do - push government to pay more heed to.”

“Edinburgh, led by the University, was awarded a city deal from the UK Government to become the data capital of Europe. That's led to the creation of the Edinburgh International Data facility, which is ultimately a high performance compute artificial intelligence platform, fully containerized, that gives access to practitioners, both public and private sector and devs, to machine learning, training modules, access to data, or insight from that data to train algorithms and it boosts the outcomes that can be delivered both public and private sector across Edinburgh. And we've seen as an offshoot for that, a huge growth in data skills in Edinburgh as a result. Edinburgh University is now a leader on data education, and you start to get these kind of communities, these areas of skill. That's an example of it working well.”

Read the full transcript here.

Footnotes

Subscribe

Featured Resources

The challenge of securing the remote working employee

The IT Pro Guide to Sase and successful digital transformation

Free Download

VMware Cloud workload migration tools

Cloud migration types, phases, and strategies

Free download

Practices for maximising the business value of digital infrastructure Consumption-as- a-Service subscriptions

IDC PeerScape

Free Download

Container network security guide for dummies

Enforcing Kubernetes best practices

Free download

Recommended

The IT Pro Podcast: Intel vs AMD
components

The IT Pro Podcast: Intel vs AMD

14 Jan 2022
The IT Pro Products of the Year 2021: The year’s best hardware and software
Hardware

The IT Pro Products of the Year 2021: The year’s best hardware and software

31 Dec 2021
The IT Pro Podcast: Looking forward to 2022
Technology

The IT Pro Podcast: Looking forward to 2022

31 Dec 2021
The IT Pro Podcast: Looking back on 2021
Technology

The IT Pro Podcast: Looking back on 2021

24 Dec 2021

Most Popular

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD
Microsoft Windows

How to move Microsoft's Windows 11 from a hard drive to an SSD

4 Jan 2022
Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug
email delivery

Microsoft Exchange servers break thanks to 'Y2K22' bug

4 Jan 2022
Solving cyber security's diversity problem
Careers & training

Solving cyber security's diversity problem

5 Jan 2022