MoD seeks ‘adaptive’ IT infrastructure




The Ministry of Defense wants to get rid of large tenders for the long term. Instead, the government wants ready-made software where possible purchase and deploy themselves. This should yield savings in the costs.

Defense Cyber ​​Command That late Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert Tuesday to the Lower House. In a letter she writes that the purchase and construction of a major IT project is now impossible, since there soon after the facts is approached. “The technology and the opportunities change rapidly and also the organization and the outside world would change if in the long term.”

The minister unveiled its new guidelines for the future IT policy. In it she describes among other things that she strives for a ‘modular’ IT infrastructure. This means that the government release software ‘off the shelf’ purchases and can offer faster and cheaper on the latest software. So might be more quickly made use of the “knowledge and expertise” of the IT world. However, Defence continues to have private developers, for example, to build specific software where no ready market for its solutions.

With a modular IT infrastructure Defence follows the colleagues in the UK and Germany, which for several years doing the same to restructure their “highly siled IT landscape. While the Ministry so eventually ready-made software products will purchase, means also argued that government loses control. According to her defense continues to hold the reins. Defence spending as certain tasks, such as protecting state secrets.

Hennis-Plasschaert stressed in her letter to the Lower House in the coming years more money to the IT infrastructure of Defense needs. She says this after the announcement that major ICT problems in her ministry are . So there are many legacy systems, reducing the chance of failure is high. Last year there were up to 2017 EUR 40 million in the budget to address the problems. However, then there must be some Hennis-Plasschaert concerns remain invested.

The minister writes: “For the longer term, the outdated decor of the maintenance of the current IT costs of management and maintenance will increase significantly while the continuity and decrease the reliability therefore doing nothing was not an option order tasks… Defence also be able to support in the future, further renovation and modernization. “

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