GDS looks for best practice advice on migration away from PSN

The Government Digital Service is launching a research project that it hopes will help it discover how best to migrate public-sector bodies away from the outgoing Public Services Network (PSN).

It’s been over a year since GDS blogged that the ‘internet is OK’ and that government would be moving away from the Public Service Network (PSN). However, the GDS, as outlined on the Digital Marketplace, is now seeking to discover the best ways to move things forward.

“We still need ways to ensure public sector organisations connecting to the internet get the continuous and consistent service quality and security they need,” the GDS said. “This project will confirm the detail behind that need, and deliver standards and guidance which meet it. Any standards and guidance must be easily adoptable by service providers, and their implementation and effectiveness must be measurable through automated means.

Suppliers will be expected to provide a team to deliver Discovery and Alpha on the following:

Discovery phase:-

– Understand the user needs at the network level for communications and security within and between public sector organisations

– Understand the direction of the marketplace, and how public sector organisations can benefit quickly and continuously from technology improvements, whilst maintaining consistent level of protection

Alpha phase:-

– Establish an automated mechanism for ensuring that the selected common standards, architectural patterns, guidance and services are being tested and deployed effectively

– Deliver a report summarising findings of the Alpha and recommending the work that should be undertaken during Beta phase.

The end goal is to create, for public sector organisation workers, a modern, cost-effective and secure way to communicate across all public sector organisations to let end-users and systems work reliably, easily and securely with one another particularly across organisational boundaries. There’s also a need for the adoption of commercially available network services that can evolve as technology moves forward, maintaining a strong marketplace of potential service providers.

The five-month project, which is due to commence on 2 July, will be worth up to £380,000 to the winning bidder.

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