At last week’s annual GTEC 2013 conference for public sector professionals in Ottawa, delegates discussed the theme of becoming a more “agile government.” For those who couldn’t make it, Shared Services Canada may have provided the best presentation of what that agility could look like.
Shared Services Canada is the agency created just over two years ago that is focused on streamlining the way the government purchases and uses technology. At GTEC, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Transformation, Service Strategy and Design Benoit Long led a session that touched on the progress to date in several key areas. The included plans to modernize the federal government’s data centres, IT security systems, e-mail and workplace technologies. The slide deck below captures all the details and gives a sense of just how much of an over-arching transformation of public sector IT is underway.
In particular, take a look at slide No. 9, which focuses on the government’s strategy to transform its network. If all goes according these timelines, expect to see major use of hosted IP telephony, videoconferencing and other elements of a unified communications platform within the next two years.
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