BBC takes standard approach to technology roadmap

The BBC plans to invest in industry standard off-the-shelf technology and offshoring as it evolves to meet the challenges of interactivity, internet television,...

The BBC plans to invest in industry standard off-the-shelf technology and offshoring as it evolves to meet the challenges of interactivity, internet television, 3D and high-definition broadcasts.

Spencer Piggott, head of technology direction at the BBC, said the organisation planned to simplify its use of IT.

"The overlying principle is that technology should be implemented which delivers simpler, quicker and better user experience to the business."

His comments came as the BBC published a technology roadmap to support the future direction of the corporation.

Piggott said the roadmap takes into account the fact that the BBC's audience is now spending a rising proportion of their media consumption time with international players such as Hulu, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

The BBC plans to make use of industry standards, platform-independent systems and off-the-shelf technologies. There is also an environmental element: any new technology should measure the impact on the environment, the strategy states. It also covers outsourcing. "Outsourcing should be adopted when solutions are clearly better, faster or cheaper. In-sourcing should be adopted when there is a high degree of value, innovation to the BBC, or when agility is required."

Areas of technology covered by the strategy document include online streaming, mobile (consumer) platforms, internet television, enterprise portals, media search, plus service oriented architectures.

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