It is 10 years since the plan to create the PSN was launched. Since then, thousands of PSN compliant connections have ben installed. Before we get into the next multi-million pound refresh of all these networks, we must reconsider if PSN will best meet the challenges of the next decade.

Innopsis Round Table – January 2017

The Public Services Network (PSN) was launched in 2007 with the vision of bringing together all the individual, disparate infrastructures across central and local government, health, criminal justice and education, into one, all-encompassing Network of Networks.

The objective was a worthy one – to save money by creating the effect of a single network, with industry standard, interchangeable products and easy procurement.  It wasn’t all about money though;  a major Cabinet Office programme was in place which aimed to transform our services through better use of technology.

But although there have been successes, principally at a local government level with a much more competitive market, the landscape of separate public sector networks hasn’t materially changed.

Of much more concern though is the fact that few commentators would credit PSN with changing the way the public sector operates, specifically in the way sensitive digital information is shared across all areas of public services delivery.

So before all those PSN contracts are replaced like for like, it’s time for a rethink. What should the next generation of the PSN look like? Indeed, do we need a dedicated public sector infrastructure at all, or can the internet meet all our connectivity needs?

Innopsis will be holding a round table event in the first quarter of 2017 involving all of the stakeholders from the Public Sector and Industry. To register your interest in attending the event, please let us know here