A strategy for transforming government IT will be launched by ministers today after months of work by government chief information officer Ian Watmore and his CIO colleagues across the public sector.
The focus will be on gearing public services to the needs of citizens, rather than government departments, and improving the professionalism of specialists.
It will also look to integrate IT-related activities that are common to many departments, such as human resources and finance, into shared services operations.
But ministers have announced IT led transformations before, with questionable success. Despite various government initiatives a report from the European Union last week showed the UK had slipped behind most EU countries in the use of e-government services.
The UK is fifth from bottom for those using the internet to obtain information about government.
One challenge for Watmore and his colleagues will be to convince sceptics that the latest strategy will make any difference to the way the government machine works, its running costs, or the way it deals with the public.
There are also doubts over whether there will be any specific mechanisms for reporting to parliament when IT-related projects go wrong.
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