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Simplifying the supply chain in the public sector: the impact of service integration

12/09/2023 minute read OneAdvanced PR

In today's digital era, technology plays a pivotal role as the backbone of any organisation. It facilitates the provision of services, communication, and efficient operations. To meet their diverse technological needs, most organisations collaborate with multiple technology providers who specialise in various areas such as security, software, collaboration tools, and more. While working with numerous providers offers some advantages, it also presents significant challenges, including complex management and difficulties implementing change.

For public sector organisations where resources are often stretched thin, having a well-coordinated and efficient supplier landscape is crucial. In this blog, we will delve into the importance of service integration in the public sector and explore strategies for achieving it effectively.

The background
A few years ago, there was a government directive which encouraged organisations to disaggregate from large suppliers to instead engaging numerous smaller ones which would be best in their field. For example, outsourcing your service desk to the best service desk provider and your device management to another. However, while this approach sounds like a good idea, it’s hard to get multiple suppliers working together cohesively.

Disaggregation inherently involves decentralisation, which can lead to difficulty maintaining consistency and ensuring seamless service delivery - vital for public sector organisations which deliver critical services to the general public.

The change
For the reasons explained above, many organisations are turning to service integration solutions. This is where a Managed Service Provider (MSP) acts as the Service Integrator, bringing together the various providers and their services into one integrated system. This ensures consistent service delivery, smooth operations, and improved efficiency, all of which are essential for public sector organisations.

The service integrator acts as the linchpin that ensures the smooth operation of all services, and the seamless integration of multiple service providers. The primary function of the service integrator is to orchestrate and align all services with the organisation's business needs.

To achieve this, the service integrator is involved in a multitude of tasks such as defining the roles and responsibilities of each service provider, facilitating effective communication between all parties, and overseeing the delivery of services to ensure they meet the agreed upon standards and expectations.

The service integrator also monitors performance, tracks metrics, and addresses any issues or conflicts that may arise among the service providers. In essence, the service integrator acts as the organisation's representative, safeguarding its interests and ensuring that every service provider is working towards the shared goal of meeting the organisation's business needs.

The impact
One of the key benefits of service integration is improved interoperability. By integrating the services provided by different technology suppliers, public sector organisations can ensure that their systems work together harmoniously. This promotes efficient data sharing, eliminates silos, and enhances overall operational effectiveness. Whether it's sharing information between departments, integrating databases, or ensuring compatibility between software solutions, service integration helps create a cohesive and interconnected IT environment.

Efficient service integration also enables public sector organisations to enhance their agility and responsiveness. By centralising the management of technology suppliers, organisations can quickly adapt to changing requirements and leverage emerging technologies. This flexibility allows them to respond swiftly to evolving citizen needs, regulatory changes, and emerging threats. By staying at the forefront of technological advancements, public sector organisations can deliver improved services and remain competitive in an ever-evolving digital landscape.

Moreover, service integration brings significant cost savings. By consolidating services and streamlining operations, organisations can optimise their resources and eliminate unnecessary redundancies. This not only reduces costs but also ensures that public funds are allocated strategically, achieving maximum value for money. Public sector organisations can negotiate better contracts, optimise licensing agreements, and implement standardised processes across multiple suppliers, driving cost efficiencies while maintaining service quality.

How to get started
Advanced is a leading provider of service integration – we have years of experience helping organisations across industries with complex environments. We can help you:

  • Design an approach tailored to your organisational needs and objectives
  • Build a solution in line with the SIAM framework that integrates your existing suppliers and services
  • Operate as the service integrator within the SIAM framework that delivers value and outcomes for your business
  • Provide a dedicated team that acts as your trusted partner and advisor

To discuss how we can help your organisation, get in touch today.