There was a bit of a buzz at GDS on Tuesday as we welcomed our new minister Caroline Nokes to the new home of GDS in Whitechapel. This was an early chance for the Minister to get a deeper understanding of how GDS is supporting the delivery of digital transformation in Government and to take a look around our new offices.
The Minister for Cabinet Office announced the launch of the Government Transformation Strategy, which charts the direction of the digitally enabled transformation of government.
Earlier this week, I was asked to speak on this subject at TechUK’s Public Sector 2030 event.
Phil Rumens is the Digital Services Manager at West Berkshire Council and the vice-chair of LocalGov Digital. In this post, he talks about creating a Local Government Digital Standard.
Last November, HMRC published its digital strategy. Among many other things, it said: We will enhance the systems that provide and support our digital services by building a multi-channel digital tax platform, upon which all new digital services operate.
Last week, we held an event: Sprint 15. It marked the culmination of the two-year transformation project that began with Sprint 13, when we made our plan clear: there were 400 days to transform government.
Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, gave a speech in Brussels the other day and took digital by default one step further: right across Europe.
Hands up if you remember Transport Direct - www.transportdirect.info. It was a journey planner for British transport - all of it, everywhere. Roads and traffic, rail journeys, cycle routes, foot and vehicle ferries, you name it.
The Transactions Explorer has enabled government to track progress on its key performance indicators for the first time.
We’ve published a couple of big updates, both to the Digital Strategy and to the transformation programme. Between them, they’ll give you a picture of just how much we’ve achieved in the last twelve months.