Hampshire County Council has signed a five-year service oriented architecture (SOA) deal with IBM.
The council will use the SOA platform to integrate its systems with those of its partners elsewhere in the county. The move should enable the council to make its applications more flexible.
Hampshire’s CIO Jos Creese said, “We have chosen an SOA approach because we see it as an essential next step in our technology strategy. We need better systems integration so the different services and professions can work more closely together.
“We need enhanced business process management so we can respond more effectively to changing needs, improved information management so we can understand those needs better, and sharpened security management so we can do all this safely.”
Hampshire used Bloor Research and Gartner to advise it on the choice of SOA platform.
The county council is increasingly delivering services in partnership with other councils and public sector agencies in Hampshire. Its contact centre handles single non-emergency number calls asking for both its services and those of the neighbouring Isle of Wight Council.
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