ISS Engagement Day Overview

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    On Tuesday 11 April techUK hosted one of the series of ISS Industry Engagement Days.

On 11 April techUK hosted one of the series of ISS Industry Engagement Days. Over 100 industry representatives were briefed by a number of ISS representatives about the direction of travel and progress of DaaP, DCPP, and details about the design and architecture of core systems that ISS own and work with. This event was open to all of industry and you can download the slides and other information below.  However, if you are not a techUK member you can request to receive the slide deck by emailing

Maj Gen Ivan Hooper made his first address to industry as the interim CEO of ISS. He restated ISS’ intention to push forward the Defence as a Platform (DaaP) vision and establish its principles throughout MOD. He said the MOD is turning into an organisation that sees ICT and digital technologies as more of a source of competitive advantage than the overhead it has been viewed as in the past.

Gen Ivan noted that the hiring of the new MOD Chief Information Officer (CIO) will begin shortly, and will be an open competition. After this process has been completed MOD will then begin the process of recruiting the permanent CEO of ISS. Gen Ivan spoke about the need for the ISS Board to create the conditions for success for the people taking up these roles. The past three years have seen ISS maintaining the strategic direction of DaaP as well as attacking how ISS does business, transforming the delivery programme, and the rationalisation and renegotiation of many contracts. All of this achieved whilst continuing to support active operations across the globe.

Steve Latchem, Head of Architecture presented and explained the 11 principles of DaaP. These include:

  • Being Cloud Native
  • Platforms Evolve and Adapt
  • Access Anytime, Any place & Anywhere
  • Agile / Digital First – Having the ability to make the scope flexible whilst maintaining fixed time-scales and costs
  • Commodity Services First
  • Evergreen

And details of the forward looking DaaP Services Architecture (DSA). At the very top level this covers:

  • Security & Service Management (SSM)
  • Application (AP)
  • Hosting (HO)
  • Information (INF)
  • Connectivity (CO)
  • Interoperability (IO)
  • Enterprise Service Governance (ESG)

Together these component services will build to provide customer focused services that can be readily consumed by the end users. A challenge for ISS will be for all the differing teams to work together across the component platforms to ensure that the core platform provides a seamless base from which Defence ICT can operate effectively.

DaaP is the ecosystem within which the core platform and associated services will operate and is supported by the DSA and the eleven principles. Services will need to move to the DaaP environment and DaaP(F) will be the gradual movement of these services as contracts are renewed. MODNET Evolve is the replacement of the DII/MODNET services which will also be some of the first DaaP(F) delaminated services for UK and Overseas. Some of the first services that were noted in the presentation are currently supported within the DII/MODNET contract. That is due to end in 2019 and MODNET Evolve will see the replacement of that contract with delaminated services.

The next ISS Industry Engagement Day will be hosted in Malvern on 22 May. Registration for that event will open in the coming weeks.

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