Create a standardised IT service model, taxonomy and interoperability definitions that can be used by Government IT Departments and service providers. This will provide a Service Catalogue that is consistent across government and the IT supply chain allowing increased choice, flexibility and value for money.
The 'digital-by-default' agenda needs to adopt Open Standards but also a move towards non-proprietary operating systems for all devices. The case for security, stability, useability and cost is well proven. Others countries and cities, Munich for example, have already begun. The US government is adopting Linux based systems for strategic government departments, including Defence. The challenge for the UK is to develop policy changes without incurring significant transition costs. One example is DfE which has 5350 PCs and laptops with Windows XP and Win7, MS 2003,2010, Adobe Reader
It is difficult to envisage a successful implementation of the 'digital-by-default' objectives while ever such situations prevail because of the lag that proprietary, legacy operating systems create. This will be a significant challenge and one that requires prudent, technical and tactical expertise.
When an emergency occurs, members of the public who are impacted need to be alerted quickly and consistently, via as many different communications channels as possible. Emergency responder organisations, such as local police forces, the Environment Agency in England or the Met Office, currently operate a number of bespoke public warning systems. It is important to standardise the format of the alert messages so that they can be issued from different systems yet take advantage of any nationally available capabilities that might be available. There is also the potential to take advantage of other alert and communication systems.