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OPA UK Cross Government Group

Matthew Bickham
CX Practice Manager

| OPA Implementation Manager (Europe)

The Oracle Policy Automation (OPA) UK Cross Government Group is celebrating its 3rd birthday this May and was formed by OPA users from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), the Home Office and the Legal Aid Agency. The group actively demonstrates the Cabinet Office wish for greater cross departmental working by facilitating strong collaboration. The departments share learning, resources, best practice methods and delivered OPA artefacts.

OPA Product Development works with the group giving them exclusive access to new features, before general release, and incorporates their feedback into the final version as well as the future product roadmap.

The group is divided into two with both meeting separately three times a year (normally in February, June and & September).

  • TheOPA Rule Author group meets to share OPA rule authoring related
    knowledge and learning. Rulebase components are showcased, and discussions
    are conducted on rule modelling techniques and 'real world' problem
  • TheOPA Executive group meets separately and discusses topics that may
    relate to governance, government wide initiatives, group membership and

Since its
formation, the group has grown and forum meetings are now attended by a range
of other government organisations. Events are normally held in London, but site
visits have been arranged where members are given the opportunity to see new
OPA systems being modelled and to meet many more members of the onsite delivery

The group
currently has over 100 participants and is growing every year as new
departments begin their adoption of OPA. The departments share information
through the use of a free secure online workspace. The workspace provides
access to a range of resources including example rulebases, lessons learned
documentation, forum notes, presentations, action logs and other OPA related
resources that are shared.

Most member departments have also achieved OPA
Centre of Excellence
status. This programme is an Oracle recognition of a
department capability, and to validate that leading practice standards are
being followed. Within this programme, the department’s rule authors are fully
enabled in OPA and provided with an industry recognized certificate that
validates their skills up to an advanced level of expertise.

The next forum events will be held on 24th (Rule
Author) & 25th (Executive) June 2015 in the Oracle London City
Office in Moorgate. The Legal Aid Agency will be chairing this event.


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