Government IT strategy has saved £159m

Government IT strategy has created £159m in savings over the last year, the Cabinet Office has said.

Since its IT strategy was launched in March 2011, ICT spend has decreased by £159m through spend controls and £64.2m from telecommunications networks budgets by applying better, common standards for the PSN, said the department in its review: One Year On: Implementing the Government ICT Strategy.

The Cabinet Office estimates a further £150m in savings in 2012/13 by creating a common infrastructure environment.

The strategy also announced a G-Hosting framework, intended to support more complex hosting requirements and expected to go live in the coming weeks. The government hosting services framework will cover both public and private cloud, said the statement.

But in order for the strategy to success the document said the next three years will need to see sustained effort to implement the strategy in full.

However, government insiders have expressed concern about where the direction for the IT strategy implementation will come from following a number of the key authors of the original strategy having left over the last 12 months.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said in a statement: “This report sets out progress one year into implementing the Government’s ICT strategy. A number of significant successes have been chalked up, including the launch of the Public Services Network frameworks; the launch of the Government Digital Service; and the creation of the CloudStore. These are still early days for implementation, but progress has been good, as noted by the National Audit Office.”

Over the next year the government will revised set of ICT strategy metrics, set out the Right to Data White Paper and establish a Digital Strategy, showing how it will build on GOV.UK.

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