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Courts Service gets DevOps support for Common Platform

25/11/16

HMCTS signs two-year deal with Automation Logic to deliver case information system and help build in-house capability

HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) has taken a step towards building its common IT platform with the appointment of data centre consultancy Automation Logic for DevOps support.

Entrance arch Royal Courts of JusticeThe company has been signed up for two years to support the building and delivery of the cloud infrastructure for the Common Platform Programme.

The programme is replacing the HMCTS and Crown Prosecution Service case management systems with a single platform as an online source of all case material for the courts.

It is making use of agile methodology, with the DevOps element bringing together development and operational staff to feed into the various iterations in the process. Automation Logic, which has previously worked on similar projects with the Ministry of Justice, will provide DevOps engineers on-site and help HMCTS build up its own capability.

It will take part in developing and testing the platform using standardised and open technologies, and work on business change, engagement and training strategies.

Kris Saxton, co-founder at Automation Logic, said: “This project is a significant part of the Government’s move to digitise its services, a strategy that we have been deeply involved with delivering for a number of years, and one where we really understand the challenges.”

Earlier this month, the plan for the building of the Common Platform won the praise of Lord Justice Fulford, the senior presiding judge for England and Wales. He said it will help to make real an ambition that was first proposed in the Criminal Justice IT Programme of 2003.

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