18:52 24 January 2018
Plans to transform IT at Pembrokeshire County Council have been unanimously approved by councilors. It has been kick started with £600,000 investment and exemption from financial cuts.
The strategy to improve communication, technology and information at the corporate centre is expected to be carried out within the next 18 months. Cabinet member responsible Cllr Neil Prior said that factors being considered include efficiencies, improvements and where savings can be made. Cllr Prior, who has been working with the authority’s head of information technology, Lee McSparron, referred to systems being used by other councils in the UK, including Amazon Alexa, Smart Cities and chat bots, among others.
Cllr Prior said that the three areas they will focus on are smarter and agile working digital services, reviewing ICT structures and using skills and knowledge to lead the authority into the digital world.
“We are not going to make any progress without appropriate investment,” said Cllr Prior.
“It’s with great pleasure and great excitement that I present the ICT strategy to cabinet,” he added.
Cabinet member for finance Cllr Bob Kilmister backed Cllr Prior’s proposals, stating: “If we don’t invest that money we have no hope of making any transformation progress at all, particularly in terms of electronic management.”
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