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DVLA targets three year migration from majority of legacy IT

Neil Merrett Published 28 June 2017

Intention forms part of revised IT strategy that focuses on improving estate cost efficiency via cloud migration and improved collaboration within the DfT


The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has unveiled its intention to move off the “majority” of its legacy systems in the next three years as part of a push to migrate functions and data over to a new platform and improve the cost efficiency of its estate.

As part of an updated IT strategy, the DVLA said it projects a 40% reduction in ICT spend by 2019/20 from the current financial year.  The agency said the reductions are intended to be realised through efficiency savings in its current running costs and migration to public cloud.

“Over 75% of our ICT spend is on keeping the lights on. The cost to maintain our systems must be rebalanced, to enable change to be delivered whilst meeting the cost reduction targets,” said the strategy document.

As part of the Department for Transport (DfT), the agency has also committed itself to collaboration in the form of technology convergence and sharing best practice with other agencies.

“Our aim is to become a hub for digital motoring. We are transforming our IT estate to deliver our digital transformation ambitions and create the best online services for customers,” said Dave Perry, Chief Technology Officer with the DVLA.

“Our services are at the forefront of technology and our organisation design will be optimised to deliver migration from our legacy IT platforms. Our IT strategy will ensure we continue to deliver systems that are fit for the digital age in which we live.”

As part of its attempts to overhaul technology use, the DVLA has committed to auto scaling the capacity of its services to meet spikes for demand, while also pledging to provide solutions capable of handling requests in real-time.  The report notes that the agency currently uses a “batch-based” process for requests.

A push in the strategy for the implementation of more open systems will be backed by ensuring services and data systems make use of standard application programming interfaces (APIs) so that government and the private sector can build on DVLA solutions in a way that complies with data protection legislation.

The strategy also sets out a need for modernisation of its on-premise estate by accelerating a move to commodity cloud.  This will include aligning infrastructure capability on-site with cloud services.

“The simplification of our on-premises IT services will drive efficiencies and reduce cost, accelerating the transformation to public cloud,” said the findings.

In seeking to expand the digital services it offers and switching to a new IT platform, the DVLA said the proposed transformation would significantly impact on the number and types of jobs required to oversee its work.

“We want to maximise the potential of the people we already have and grow our own internal capability through investment in them,” said the report.

“We intend to re-design our operating model and mobilise a new organisation structure that will support the delivery of our future services.  Our focus will be on acquiring talent and re-skilling our current workforce where viable, to move into newly shaped roles needed to deliver our strategic plan and to realise new opportunities.”

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