Explosive growth in public data - fuelled by the emphasis on transparency that accompanies the pursuit of modernisation - places government IT deparments at the confluence between policy and technology. The opportunities for data-driven policy creation and tuning are greater than ever and should be a key focus of public sector planning.
Unfortunately, current government IT infrastructure is typically under-prepared to support this modernisation due to a number of constraints, principally:
Lack of integration, leading to inefficiency and duplication, and impeding the sharing and re-use of services
Capacity underutilisation in government data centres caused by the historical practice of planning and provisioning to accommodate (usually rare) peak use scenarios on dedicated infrastructure
Long and costly procurement timescales that prevent government from being responsive to the evolving needs of citizens and businesses
Large, unwieldy IT projects that fail to meet mission objectives
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