The eGovernment programme is entering a period of negotiations with the preferred supplier for the design authority contract.
ASE Consulting Ltd, (ase.co.uk) a UK firm with a proven track record in public sector design architecture, have been named as the preferred supplier.
Public Sector Reform
eGov is a fundamental part of the Reform programme. For services to be built around customers, the way systems interact with each other and the use of data must be standardised across the organisation. These developments should result in significant improvements to the way services are delivered and should also increase efficiency and cost effectiveness across the States. This is a well-established path that many public sector organisations and commercial firms have already taken.
Cyber security standards
One aspect the design authority will focus on is data architecture. This is a complex and technical element of the programme which will ultimately change the way that data is stored, used and shared across States departments. With these changes the integrity and safety of the data becomes increasingly critical, recognised by the fact that the preferred supplier has proven expertise in redesigning national government systems with cyber security standards built in.
This contract, which includes the creation of a self-sufficient enterprise architecture function, will enable the States to move to a single organisational approach for IT systems design and information use.
Several suppliers applied via an open tender process that started in November of 2015, all applicants included UK subject matter experts within their teams. The preferred supplier will be able to bring extensive experience with public sector clients in several jurisdictions, which will enable expertise in Jersey to build and grow over the course of this contract.
The first priority for ASE will be to proactively engage with the local technology community through facilitation by Digital Jersey.