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Your progress: our commitment

By Leon Butler, Vice President Public Sector and Financial Services Key Accounts at Oracle        

An ongoing partnership for innovation, collaboration, richer communication, and more powerful citizen and user engagement.

The challenges faced by the UK public sector are immense. This past year has seen unprecedented demands on all government departments and authorities at a time when resources are increasingly stretched. Even before Covid-19, major change was underway, but the pandemic has driven a significant shift to remote working and much wider digital accessibility of all kinds of frontline public and business services. This means that the public’s expectations about what is possible to deliver digitally have been expanded ‒ probably irrevocably. Against this backdrop and at the same time, public sector organisations and departments are addressing their legacy infrastructure. 

Therefore, there is a need to do more with less, where it is increasingly vital to both balance incremental cost-savings with a push for agility and future transformation.  Evolving socio-economic factors are also adding to the challenge of how government organisations operate to best deliver to citizens. 

Across both public and private sectors, innovation and adaption is critical for post-pandemic economic growth in the UK. Technology is a key driver in this and will help to deliver gains in efficiency, accessibility, performance and, of course, sustainability for administrators and users of public sector and business services alike. 

Our Partnership

Oracle has over 40 years’ experience working with Government to help it achieve its goal. As a technology and innovation partner, we work within and across the wider public-sector ecosystem helping central and local government collaborate and deliver digitally enabled change more effectively. Oracle has supported the UK government with everything from transforming the back-off of local governments, right through to providing analytics services to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To ensure we remain at the forefront of progress and empower our partners to do the same, Oracle’s approach is underpinned by an annual investment in research, development and new technologies. Oracle’s cloud, including new AI and machine learning capabilities, is a key investment area that receives significant focus from government given the value that it can bring. We recently expanded our offering with the creation of a dedicated dual-region government cloud for use by the public sector, allowing organsaitons to make cloud services in a secure environment.

Our efforts towards helping the government deliver value to UK citizens don’t stop there. As a long term partner, we are already working with many government departments including the Home Office, NHS and MoD to provide them with finance, planning, human resources and customer experience solutions, as well data and analytics services. Quite simply, we believe it’s important for the Government to take advantage of the pandemic’s catalysing effect on digital transformation.

Looking to the future: The benefits Oracle can bring to UK public sector

The economic set back that the UK economy is facing as a result of COVID-19 means there is an acute need for UK policymakers to accelerate digitisation so that businesses and government can focus on growth and recovery.

Addressing legacy as a matter of priority and helping enforce wider technology adoption is a key post-COVID economic stimulus measure. Itwill have a ripple effect across several key sectors of the economy ranging from tech, education, life sciences, to telecommunications, manufacturing and beyond. Oracle believes that cloud computing sits at the heart of this necessary transformation. 

We aim to drive continuous optimisation and enablement with a whole government approach to modernisation and innovation in areas, such as performance management, cost effectiveness, interoperability and security. This is crucial to rebuilding the economy and maintaining the UK as a hub of innovation.

We will help shift further to user-centricity, front-line enablement and self-service by providing better front office and back office workplace tools and applications, more collaborative ways of working and improved skills and talent development, enhanced prediction and analytical capabilities. Our technologies will help colleagues across government gain the most value from data and use data in new ways enabling the next generation of data-driven business through our secure, self-running, self-repairing Autonomous Database. This will help government continue to modernise, innovate and progress in a cost-effective and user-centric way, now and in the future.

Wider impact

Beyond the public sector, Oracle also has deep expertise with cloud solutions and assisting large enterprises in the UK and around the world in their modernisation journey, with 80 percent of the FTSE 100 reliant on Oracle capabilities and more than 30,000 organisations globally using Oracle cloud applications.

With the need to achieve more for citizens with fewer resources it is crucial to have a trusted modernisation and innovation delivery partner. We passionately believe that Oracle is that partner. We also believe that the ‘virtual enterprise’ of the future, whether found in the public or private sectors, will be built on a suite of sophisticated, industry-specific, analytics-driven and AI-powered enterprise applications. Oracle is at the forefront of this new frontier in cloud computing, providing these complete, integrated, feature-rich, highly scalable and fundamentally secure enterprise solutions that will underpin future growth and help to meet strategic goals of public sector procurement and digital transformation. 

We look forward to further collaboration opportunities to provide enabling technologies and delivery excellence that brings true value across all of government. Because your progress is our commitment.


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