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Public sector must ‘force’ IT vendors to cooperate, says Leeds CIO

ComputerWorldUK - Public sector bodies need to “force” IT suppliers to adopt common standards, open up their APIs and share data, according to Leeds City Council CIO Dylan Roberts.

Like all sectors, the government is inevitably moving towards web-enabled, “platform-based” models of delivering services to cut costs and improve services, he told ComputerworldUK.

However in order to make this leap successfully the “public sector needs to force the issue with vendors”, he said.

“We will develop open APIs, a governance model, set open standards and encourage big vendors, who might prefer lock in, to comply to those standards,” Roberts said.

“They might think it will never happen, but new vendors in future need to embrace open standards,” he added.

Leeds City Council has adopted the Government Digital Service’s design principles for services and requires all vendors to adhere to them, Roberts said.