Digitising central and local government is key to maintaining and improving services whilst spending less. Whether socialist or conservative that is a fact.
GDS has been a game changer for the UK but faces lack of direction, strategy and ambitious goals.
We have the opportunity to re-ignite innovation. The IoT, sensors, Big Data Analytics- these need to be unleashed to overcome the challenges facing politicians and voters
The key is moving past digital. The next phase is robotics, sensors, 3D printing, financial technology and artificial intelligence. These all have huge potential, but only if a government shows what’s possible. The city of Seoul alone is spending £261m over five years to build digital services that use data from sensors and the Internet of Things. Singapore has just announced plans to create the Government Technology Agency, bringing digital services together with the industrial internet, robotics, AI and underlying big data systems. This could provide a template for a new Government Technology Service – a team that combines digital with the next wave of innovation. There are plenty of services that can be disrupted by using cutting-edge technology, and the unit could be tasked with achieving big objectives in health, transport or service delivery,