National Enabling Programmes Update - key messages for industry
Owen White, Wayne Parkes and Ian Bell provided techUK members with an update on the National Enabling Programmes and facilitated discussion on the next stages of the Tech & Data Strategy which industry contributed to in January 2019.
Overview of the National Enabling Programmes (NEP)
“All UK police forces will have a secure platform and national standards that enable new ways of working and collaborating; whilst maintaining the autonomy for local decision-making and the control of their digital assets.”
The Home Office has allocated £500 000 to support transformation across three programmes:
- Productivity services
- Office365 productivity tools
- Collaboration technology
- Advanced security protection
- Identity and Access Management (IAM)
- Single sign on for cloud and on-premises
- B2B collaboration and sharing
- Advanced user management and security
- National Management Centre
- Central data security capability
- National coordination for cyber incidents
- Cyber centre of excellence
The plan for the NEP is to develop a “blueprint” for forces to implement locally, tweaking slightly if necessary. Forces will need to either take the whole design or not at all.
The NEP is engaged with every force around the UK in some way along the journey.
77% of forces have been to the “Academy Stage” which includes completing necessary pre-work outlining what forces will need to do to benefit from the programmes. 17 forces are now in the “Mobilisation” stage.
Police and Crime Commissioners are key to supporting momentum at the local level and ensuring that what the NEP is aiming to deliver is treated as a priority.
Key challenges for the NEP:
- Struggle to get resources for forces
- At the local level, NEP delivery is run in addition to business as usual
- Funding timeline - these programmes are currently funded until March 2020
Impact for tech suppliers:
- Aim to make engaging with police simpler and more streamlined as industry have a clearer idea of the infrastructure and tech ecosystem that police are working with
- Potential of a single, national procurement process
- Single price point
- Potential to sell at scale