Socitm backs McClelland Review

Tuesday June 28th, 2011

Socitm has welcomed the McClelland Review into ICT infrastructure in Scotland, pledging its support for the recommendations.

Published by the Scottish Government on 21 June and led by John McClelland, chair of the Scottish Funding Council, the Review recommends an overarching Scottish Public Sector ICT strategy to address national needs and says that public sector organisations should move away from the prevalent model of ‘standalone self-sufficiency’.

The review also concludes that spending on ICT could be reduced by implementing changes in management, structures and strategy.

Socitm says it is keen to contribute to the implementation process following the Review and welcomes the recognition in the McClelland Review of the importance of benchmarking as a means to identify improvement opportunities.

Socitm Scotland chair Alan Kirkwood, who is Head of ICT Services at Moray Council says: “Socitm Scotland welcomes McClelland’s main recommendations to improve sharing of ICT capacity and infrastructure across the public sector and to introduce appropriate governance in Scotland to oversee this change. We started our contribution by enabling a Public Service Networking (PSN) event for the public sector in Scotland earlier this year. We would wish to encourage all parts of the public sector in Scotland and the supplier community to work with us to take the McClelland Review forward.” 

Socitm Scotland will be running a conference for the public sector on 22 September in Edinburgh where John McClelland will be speaking. The major focus will be on the Review and its implementation.

Related links:

Public sector ICT review published 

Analysys Mason welcomes ICT Review

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