Informatica Awarded a Place on UK Government’s G-Cloud 11 Framework
Data is a critical resource for enabling more efficient, collaborative and effective government and public services. We can expect to see many of the sophisticated, data-driven approaches pioneered in the private sector being applied to tackle some of our biggest public policy challenges. Only last June, the UK government announced its intention to develop a National Data Strategy that would unleash the power of data across government and the wider economy, while building citizen trust in its use.
That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Informatica has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service G-Cloud 11 framework. The G-Cloud framework makes it quicker and easier for public sector organisations to access the tools they need to effectively manage ever-increasing volumes of data and provide the foundation for digital transformation.
Flexibility is the best defence against uncertainty
Our inclusion for the fifth-year running couldn’t come at a more apposite time, as UK government organisations brace themselves for a potentially turbulent period ahead. As the mention of Brexit is so often followed by the word ‘uncertainty’, the flexibility to adapt to sudden changes in policies and regulations is crucial. Meanwhile, public sector organisations are under continued pressure to transform the delivery of services under the constraints of flat or dwindling operating budgets. Cloud services are not only agile and innovative but can be a powerful enabler of collaboration – particularly in health and social care – by providing better access to data across organisational boundaries.
Migration to the Cloud is today viewed among public sector organisations as somewhat inevitable and a welcome route towards IT modernisation, in order to reduce costs, risks and inflexibility. However, the reality is that the use of on-premises and third-party data centres, coupled with cultural resistance to change, are still holding back the mainstream adoption of Cloud. The UK Government’s public Cloud-first policy, which came into force in 2013, is currently under review, and is set to be replaced with an updated policy that reflects the growing appetite for hybrid IT deployments in the public sector.
Hybrid Cloud is becoming the new normal
We’ve long recognised that one size doesn’t fit all, and Cloud-first may not be right for every organisation. That’s why our solutions help our customers make the most of their information assets and govern them wherever they reside: in the Cloud, on premises, or across any hybrid environment. Our data integration solutions are designed to guide organisations on their way to the Cloud by addressing their data needs during and after migration.
We also recognise the unique dynamics of the public sector – that’s why our architects, account management and support teams are exclusively focused on the needs of public organisations. With a broad and deep range of specialist knowledge and experience, they understand where government needs to be in the future – not necessarily where it is today.
To illustrate, many government functions aspire to take advantage of self-service data discovery, robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. Soft, basic automation presents opportunities to relieve the burden of clerical workloads and divert staff onto higher value, citizen-facing activities, while intelligent automation, and ultimately AI, are set to be key players in government transformation programmes in the coming years. To provide a trusted foundation for all these progressive initiatives, organisations need to first establish and embed intelligent data management practices.
Participating in a thriving digital marketplace
Our AI-driven Intelligent Data Platform (IDP) delivers best of breed and integrated products spanning Cloud/Hybrid Data Management – often referred to as iPaaS (integration platform as a service), Big Data management, Data Integration, Master Data Management, Data Quality and Governance, Enterprise Data Catalog, and Data Security. And IDP is a modular, microservices-driven platform enabling our customers to start their journey by implementing just the products or services they need for their specific initiatives, and they can then expand to other solutions as their business needs evolve.
Through our presence on G-Cloud 11, we look forward to continuing to help government departments and public sector organisations to reduce costs, enhance productivity, protect sensitive data and improve citizen service, by taking an intelligent approach to data management. To learn more check our presence on GOV.UK.