Jos Creese, President, British Computer Society and former CIO, Hampshire County Council
In this short video interview, Creese discusses the need for common systems across local government, supported by standards. Standards is a broad term covering a number of forms and topics, for example, IT professionalism standards or the standards that underpin a common core infrastructure for shared technology, AKA ‘Government as a Platform’. “If we had a common model”, says Creese, “it would make joining up more straightforward around how we share information and processes in the interest of the public”, giving the public sector “a flexibility it hasn’t had in the past”.
Creese outlines which areas of public service delivery would particularly benefit from this model, what might be preventing government from joining up, and proposes an idea for getting started.