New initiative tackles public sector IT delivery

A major initiative designed to improve the way the public sector manages high-value IT projects was launched this week by the...

A major initiative designed to improve the way the public sector manages high-value IT projects was launched this week by the Senior IT Forum, a joint government and industry body.

The Senior IT Forum, which is sponsored by the Office of Government Commerce (OCG) and IT trade body Intellect, said the initiative represents a valuable contribution to ensuring the successful delivery of major government IT projects.

The initiative is split into three strands:
  • The creation of a new "senior responsible industry executive" role, which will be equivalent to industry's senior responsible owner

  • The introduction of the Government Procurement Code - a code of practice for government and its suppliers

  • A best practice guide on seeking solutions that balance cost and quality over the whole life of the contract or product will be set up. It will be entitled "Value for Money Evaluation in Complex Procurements".


"These products demonstrate that a partnering approach to projects and procurements is key to the predictability of successful delivery," said Peter Gershon, chief executive of the OGC.

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