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London councils' IT teams urged to help build SuperCloud digital services

David Bicknell Published 03 June 2016

London Grid for Learning chief executive John Jackson sees London IT teams as 'centres of excellence' to 'design, build and implement'London-wide hybrid cloud delivery model


London Grid for Learning (LGfL) chief executive John Jackson has called on London local authority chief information officers and their IT teams to help design, build and implement digital services through the so-called London 'SuperCloud'.

SuperCloud, a hybrid cloud supported by the London Public Services Network (PSN) that LGfL provides, has a goal of providing 33 London boroughs with low-cost, Cloud access to common services and applications.

Jackson believes the SuperCloud has huge potential in enabling real local government and wider public sector transformation, not only in London but throughout other parts of the country.

Existing digital services that could be scaled out and offered both regionally and nationally using SuperCloud include:

- Secure authentication services
- Internet security and protection
- Datacentre hosting; and
- Low cost connectivity

To achieve this, Jackson is keen to develop a delivery model for SuperCloud that uses existing London IT teams as centres of excellence to support the work for which he says there has been enthusiasm amongst London CIOs. Such a move would not only save money but also speed up delivery as well as building SuperCloud's community skills and resilience.

Jackson has now written to CIOs and senior local government IT leaders in London to gauge local authority teams' interest in playing a significant design, build, implementation role alongside LGfL's other commercial partners.

He said, "I really hope there is some interest amongst you as I'm really keen we harness the talent and brilliant people we have in London to move this forward strategically.

"Digital innovation and cloud enabled transformation can help the sector save at least a billion pounds per year and boost growth through service redesign, business process automation and breakthrough collaboration. But we can't realise the potential if we're not prepared to bust silos, we don't achieve convergence, we don't aggregate demand, we don't achieve cross sector process and data orchestration, we don't achieve interoperability and we don't share data."

"We are at a tipping point for the sector where we can save a lot, drive better outcomes and meet rising expectations through digital and SuperCloud. That is why I'm urging existing London IT teams as centres of excellence to support the work we're doing, which offers a huge opportunity.

"Let's harness the power of cloud not for commoditisation and delivery of cheap IT processing power - but fundamentally to create the enabling cross government capabilities the sector needs for leadership in a digital, devolved world."

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