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Ministry of Defence focuses on digital and end-user with new ICT Strategy

Derek du Preez | Nov. 15, 2013
It has updated its 2010 agenda and details its plans for a 'single information environment'

The document also highlights that many of the MoD's line of business applications, of which it has over 1,500, are 'inadequately supported' and are lacking the necessary funds to migrated onto a new operating system as Windows XP goes out of support.

It reads: "We must therefore work together to streamline our business, minimise our dependence on this legacy landscape and invest in retained or new applications and services that possess a funded Through Life Management Plan that keeps pace with future network upgrades and consumption methods."

Future technologies in defence
The MoD has also laid out its vision for its future 'single information environment', which will rely on devices that allow for defence employees to get access to productive corporate tools on the move, as well as technologies that can exploit increasing data volumes.

The strategy document argues that the MoD will not seek to provide the exact same capabilities in the office, as when on the move, as this doesn't work with the current financial and security restrictions in the public sector. Instead it aims to create a "single information environment enabled by ICT (services and end user devices) suited to the point of need".

It reads: "In many cases, it will not prove economic or sensible to provide users on the move the full suite of services available at their home base; the business or operational architecture that is being enabled by ICT must clearly show which services are required where."

Finally, exploiting big data is obviously a core interest to the MoD, as it has outlined plans to free data from the legacy (and often proprietary) applications in which it is currently locked.

The MoD claims that data holdings across the defence enterprise are growing exponentially and it wants to "harness and exploit the power of this data", which it currently isn't able to do. It will require new tools and ICT to enable this.

"We wish to interrogate these data holdings at a time and place of our choosing to derive maximum value in a dynamic setting and to inform our decision making in a timely and cost effective manner," the strategy states.

"We need active data management and analytical tools capable of manipulating the breadth, depth and diversity of our data holdings (be they numerical, text based or imagery) of presenting the findings clearly."


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