Public sector borrowings are rising at an unprecedented rate driven not only by the global pandemic but also aging populations and increasing transaction volumes. There is a subsequent recognition that increased innovation coupled with digital self-service (eGovernment) is a key part of the solution. However, the place of digital transformation in the public sector has so far been an evolution rather than a revolution.
Why is IBM i so strategic in the Public Sector?
The IBM i remains a popular platform within the public sector for business-critical transactions due to its reliability, scalability, security, low cost of ownership and availability of public sector applications plus millions of lines of in-use custom code.
How do ARCAD solutions benefit the Public Sector?
ARCAD tools and expertise help simplify, automate and accelerate software development on IBM i. ARCAD tools go deep on the platform and provide robust solutions for mature DevOps, application analysis, modernization, data anonymization, multi-platform orchestration and more. Beyond the IBM i, ARCAD technology for data anonymization is wholly DBMS-agnostic, offering a central point for piloting anonymization rules across multiple database technologies and platforms.
These capabilities can help you respond effectively to the following important public sector challenges.
What are the key Public sector challenges in 2021 and beyond?
The public sector processes millions (sometimes billions) of individual transactions per year. The lifecycle of most of these transactions follows complex workflows, often passing between several departmental systems. Future proofing functionality is therefore a key challenge for the sector. Typically there are legacy systems and software applications in place which provide most of the business-critical functionality. Many of the new technology options are cloud reliant and government departments may prohibit the processing of certain transactions and data in third-party cloud environments. A technology rip-and-replace strategy is rarely practical in the public sector. After careful consideration it is often determined that modernizing IBM i applications to interact more seamlessly with new technologies is a more optimal solution.
LEGACY USER INTERFACES
Governments must increasingly consider inclusivity. Even in developed countries there are citizens who are digitally excluded because of a low level of digital literacy. Digital transformation projects must promote inclusivity by using a user-focused approach and designing clear, simple and easily accessible interfaces. Failure to do so results in millions of avoidable calls. Interface modernization projects should use user experience designers. Modernized IBM i applications can more seamlessly interact with digital technologies which provide more inclusive user experiences.
GROWING DATA VOLUMES
Governments must store a huge amount of data about their citizens. With the correct analysis tools this data is invaluable in helping governments understand changing demographics and changing needs of citizens. This volume of data must be stored in a scalable, secure, automated and available way. This is an area where the IBM i platform and applications excel. Further, data protections regulations worldwide such as the GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA impose strict rules on the use of personal or identifying data. Lack of compliance carries heavy fines and automated solutions such as data anonymization and/or pseudonymization are increasingly important.
Governance and regulation changes The global pandemic has caused an unprecedented increase in public sector borrowings which has created government debt levels not seen since the end of World War II. Not all of this debt can be funded by tax increases, significant improvements in public sector cost effectiveness is also required. The IBM i platform and applications excel in low cost of ownership. Mature DevOps on IBM i further improves that TCO.
 IBM i’s TCO Advantage Widens, According to Reports
|Your challenge on IBM i ?||Arcad’s solution|
|IBM i Modernization|
|Data Protection & Security
Growing Data Volumes
|Application integration||ARCAD API|
|Continuous Improvement||ARCAD Dashboards|
|Governance of outsourced development||DevSecOps|
|Unit Test, Regression Test|
|Legacy User Interfaces||IBM i Modernization|
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