Proven technologies provide quick wins

Hadfield, Will
March 2006
Computer Weekly;3/28/2006, p22
Trade Publication
The article reports on the drive to meet e-government targets in Great Britain that has seen record investment and the introduction of new technologies. The next target, the transformational government agenda, will require just as much innovation. It will pose a particular challenge to IT departments as they strive to overhaul back-office systems while, because of their public service function, not taking risks that could damage delivery to clients. Analysts say this means local authorities will look to gain efficiencies and cost reductions by deploying technologies that have already proved their worth in other sectors. Among the technologies identified by analyst firm Gartner are voice over IP, open source development models and enterprise content management systems. Some 2,100 council officers and other public sector employees will use new network. The VoIP system will run on Cisco Systems Inc. hardware and Siemens AG' Hipath DX and Hipath 4000 communications servers. Local authorities may adopt uses of VoIP that have already led to productivity or efficiency gains in the private sector. INSET: The joy of sharing.


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