Greening Government ICT Strategy will deliver significant opportunities for ICT industry
Cloud computing, shared services and green technologies will be key public sector ICT investments up until 2015, according to Advanced Business Solutions
27 September 2011 – The Greening Government ICT Strategy will provide the UK ICT industry with significant opportunities, according to Advanced Business Solutions. The draft ICT Strategy, which will be published in October 2011, highlights that cloud computing, shared services and green technologies will be key Government initiatives over the next few years, providing suppliers of these technologies and services with considerable opportunities.
“Once the Greening Government ICT Strategy has been published, public sector organisations will increasingly demand services and technologies that reduce green house gas emissions and waste”, says Dean Dickinson, Managing Director (Public Sector and Enterprise) of Advanced Business Solutions.
The Greening Government ICT strategy is intended to minimise the impact of the UK Government on the environment and reduce both green house gas emissions and waste in support of the Government’s commitment to achieve a 25% reduction in green house gas emissions by 2015. Covering the full life cycle impact of Government ICT, the strategy introduces key and far-reaching initiatives and commitments from procurement of ICT through to the disposal of it.
A key initiative outlined in the Strategy is the increased Government adoption of cloud computing due to the cloud’s green credentials. The move to shared applications and services is also recommended, giving ICT providers with shared services’ experience the upper hand. In addition, the Strategy highlights the importance of introducing green technologies into government departments including those that can enable mobile working, paperless operations and improved collaboration.
Dickinson says, “The majority of targets set out in the Strategy document will need to be delivered between April 2012 and April 2015. This will lead to increased demand for a range of green technologies and services over the next three and a half years.”
Dickinson adds, “We have seen a number of Government departments adopt green technologies and services over the past few years including cloud computing, shared services and green software solutions. The introduction of the Greening Government ICT Strategy will push those Government departments that have not yet invested in green ICT to adopt sustainable technologies and IT services, providing the ICT industry with significant public sector opportunities despite the looming cuts.”
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Advanced Business Solutions (ABS) provides leading integrated business applications and services that enable public, private and third sector organisations to retain control, improve visibility and gain efficiencies whilst continually improving corporate performance. ABS prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their evolving needs.
ABS’ software systems comprise core accounting/financial management, procurement, human resource and payroll systems, integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions to extend the value and effectiveness of the finance, human resource and payroll departments, which can also be delivered as a managed or bureau service option.
Customers come from both public and private sectors and include Companies House, Newcastle City Council, WH Smith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS, RSPB and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.
Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group plc, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors.
About Greening Government ICT Strategy.
The Greening Government ICT strategy, the details of which will be published in October 2011, is intended to minimise the impact of the UK Government on the environment, reduce green house gas emissions and waste whilst delivering high quality customer centric public services. This strategy covers all central and local government offices and is in line with the UK Government’s ICT Strategy launched in March 2011 together with the Greening Government Commitments to achieve a 25% reduction in green house gas emissions by 2015. Covering the full life cycle impact of Government ICT, the strategy introduces key and far-reaching initiatives and commitments from procurement of ICT through to the disposal of it.
Liz Ebbrell, Advanced Computer Software Group