On 18 December 2017, techUK hosted the final ISS Industry Engagement Day of 2017.
The slides and video recording appear below.
- Organisation and Campaign Plan Update – Lt Gen Ivan Hooper
- Industry Engagement Approach for 2018 – Mike Feltham
- Feedback on the AI Hackathon – Mike Feltham
A techUK summary of Lt Gen Ivan Hooper's address:
During the final ISS industry brief of 2017 Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper, Interim CIO and CEO of ISS, gave a thank you to industry and the techUK community. Throughout the year Defence hasn’t dropped below 20 tasks and international operations at any one time. This is only possible thanks to the commitment and professionalism of industry and MOD working in this space. Looking towards 2018 there are a number of new players on the field; a new Secretary of State, a new Defence COO, CEO of DE&S. and CIO too. These are all positions of vital importance and influence, and will all surely have new ideas and ways of working to implement.
The National Security Capability Review (NSCR) continues, but unfortunately not at the pace that was originally anticipated. However, the nature of the debate that is being had is still very encouraging from the ISS perspective. ISS will need to be ready to react to deliver the outputs when they are released.
MODNet is now out of the beta that hosted 30,000 users. It has now been rolled out to 69,000 users and is on track to be the largest substantiation of office 365 in Europe. MODNet is a complex problem that has a lot of interdependencies across Defence both in the UK and globally. The Operational Service Management competition part of MODNet is currently out with industry. There will be a down-selection in January. IDAM, hosting, tooling all vital enablers of MODNet.
Industry will notice ISS has a reduced workforce at the same time it is experiencing increased demand for its services. Gen Ivan has made the request to expand and better resource the civil servant elements of the business, which will greatly help deliver the required services. At the very top level, there is a good chance the new MOD CIO (who will be entering at the 3* level) will be in post by late-January. The priorities of that role will likely be the continued digitisation of Defence, implementing the MOD Data Strategy, and ensuring the resilience and sustainability of the organisation.
At the end of a challenging year for Defence there is a positive feeling for 2018. The senior leadership of the MOD fully understands the importance of information and data to the multiple Defence tasks. Working quickly, at scale, and being properly resourced is absolutely vital to success in the coming year.
The dates for the 2018 industry days will be announced in early 2018.
If you have any queries or require any further information please do get in touch with a member of the team.