All public sector bodies face significant budgetary pressures in the 2010s decade. The lingering effects of global recession have forced them to make significant cuts in many areas and to look for new ways to raise revenues or free up cash from balance sheet assets. Capex, historically the funding method of choice, is now heavily scrutinised so opex-based technology solutions could be more attractive, making managed or outsourced service models ever-more appealing.
Whether it’s local government, central government, healthcare trust or local education authorities, public sector organisations own a significant amount of real estate. Our business optimisation solutions can enable new ways of working (that will also help meet flexible working directives) that reduce your property portfolio. Services and people can be consolidated and centralised, with the unnecessary premises being sold off to fund more critical public services.
The need to overhaul technology processes and upgrade systems affords the public sector a unique opportunity to leapfrog private sector bodies and jump ahead in the technology adoption curve. Moving to a co-location or managed hosting model reduces the real estate requirements associated with having your own datacentre and provides service level commitments that would be expensive to match in-house. That frees staff to focus on improving internal and external service delivery, improving value to the citizen. Cloud computing and bring your own device trends further speed the go-to-public time for new service creation, allowing bodies like local authorities to improve responsiveness and PCTs to improve care levels, all without the burden of managing the underlying technologies.
If you represent a public sector body and would like to talk to Six Degrees Group about leveraging our assets to deliver superior services, we’d love to talk to you. Often, we can deploy “budget neutral” solutions that use savings in one area to fund investment in another. Once the optimisation benefits are fully realised, the complete operational and financial benefits will deliver significant improvements in balance sheet performance and value for the tax payer.