The UK government has been recognised by the UN as the most digitally advanced in the world. Like all governments though it has significant challenges - needing to transform itself for the benefit of citizen and taxpayer alike, delivering better and more with significantly less.
Recognising that well-executed use of public cloud services is now appropriate for the vast majority of government information and services, the UK government has focused on developing a set of shared digital systems, technology and processes on which it’s easy to build brilliant, user-centric government services. At a pan-government level the focus has been on initiatives such as GOV.UK Verify, Pay and Notify. There is also a recognition however that shared services and microservices on a common open cloud infrastructure have a wide role to play in how individual departments innovate.
James Curran and Justin Cook, from the UK Civil Service, will explain how this approach, on RedHat OpenStack hosted by UKCloud, is being used to streamline the process for UK companies to obtain import and export licences