Nonetheless, Stephen Kelly, chief operating officer for government, who has been put in charge of overseeing the programme, has said he will be working with departments to enable this transition.
"Next Generation Shared Services is an exciting and innovative programme which will gain real momentum in 2013," said Kelly.
"This strategic plan is the roadmap for a robust, measurable and successful programme for shared services which is fundamental to Civil Service Reform. The outcomes of better service quality, value for money and price certainty are keenly anticipated by departments, and I look forward to its full implementation."
The government has undertaken a number of initiatives in recent months to drive down the cost of IT spend in the public sector, some of which include the launch of the single government domain, GOV.UK, mandating all departments to adopt open standards, the launch of the second iteration of the Cloudstore, and the release of the government's Digital Strategy, which looks to digitise hundreds of thousands of transactions across government.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.