Northern Ireland’s Civil Service (NICS) is to get a digital toolkit to support the development of new services.
The Department of Finance (DoF) has signed a three-year deal with Stiona Software for the provision of the toolkit, with a value estimated at £5.5 to £11 million depending on the volume of work.
It covers application development, testing, user experience, enterprise solutions, delivery, support and data analytics, all aimed at the supporting the DoF and the Digital Shared Services operation in developing change programmes for the NICS.
Digital Shared Services, which works within the DoF, provides the IT infrastructure for the NICS and some organisations in Northern Ireland’s wider public sector in line with the NI Digital Transformation Programme and ‘digital first’ policy.
It has passed the first major milestone in delivering 16 new digital citizen facing services and increasing digital transactions by more than 3.5 million.
The DoF took another significant step in the transformation programme late last year when it signed BT to provide the new Public Sector Shared Network for Northern Ireland.
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