Public Sector’s Ability to Deliver: Standards Adoption

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<p><strong>London &mdash; Oct. 12</strong><br />Demand from the private sector and the community for simpler access to government services is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the need for better sharing of information and services in the public sector, according to independent IT research and advisory organization Butler Group and international open standards consortium OASIS.   <br /> <br />&ldquo;Within the bounds of a single nation, the need for transformational government has never been greater, but the need for real-time sharing of information is also becoming increasingly apparent across national boundaries,” said Patrick Gannon, OASIS president and CEO. “Much of the technology infrastructure that is being put in place to enable this interoperability is invariably based on Web services and service-oriented architecture. </p><p>”However, to do this in a comprehensive, meaningful and secure manner requires the adoption of relevant standards.”</p><p>Rob Hailstone, Butler Group software infrastructure practice director, agreed.  </p><p>&ldquo;The IT standards world is already complex and will become more so as the pressure for interoperability drives the move to replace proprietary interfaces with standards,&rdquo; Hailstone said. &ldquo;Every organization will need to decide which standards it should deploy in different business scenarios. For public sector organizations, the need to understand the issues and create a strategy for the use of standards will become increasingly high profile, as governments will be required to deliver better-coordinated services both within and between national boundaries.&rdquo;<br /> <br />It is important for decision makers in public sector IT organizations to understand the “big picture” of the standards movement and to discover how standards are being adopted by different governments and different government agencies. </p><p>To this end, Butler Group is supporting an OASIS two-day forum on the diversity, readiness and adoption of relevant standards.<br /> <br />The event, Enabling Transformational Government through Web Services and SOA, will be Oct. 29-30 at CA&rsquo;s Ditton Manor headquarters in Datchet, near London. </p><p>It will be an international conference featuring speakers from Asia, Central Europe, North America and Western Europe. </p><p>Keynotes for the event will be presented by Jagdip Grewal, NHS Connecting for Health; John Wailing, U.K. Home Office; and David Keene, SAP U.K..<br /> <br />The event will discuss the role of standards in four broad topic areas: business and organizational change, applications and processes, collaboration and quality of service. </p><p>Within each of these, a broad cross-section of opinions and experiences will be described. </p><p>In addition to more technology-focused sessions, delegates will learn how small businesses are being encouraged to adopt Web services in Japan, how Europol and Eurojust ensure collaboration between law enforcement services within Europe, how Estonia has created a national communication infrastructure and how the EU orchestrates domestic Web services to support cross-border e-government life events.</p>

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