skip to primary navigationskip to content

Cambridge Service Alliance

developing new understanding and approaches to complex service systems

Studying at Cambridge

 

Transforming Public Services with Open Service Platforms

Building something genuinely innovative

The credit crunch has sparked unprecedented appetite across public services to learn about the creation of platforms, such as Google’s, that will support a plethora of ‘servitised’ business models, and discussion of ‘ecosystems’, ‘freemiums’, and utility pricing is the order of the day. 

…but what are service providers transforming into?

Accordingly, almost every government organisation worth its salt is engaged in at least one ‘transformation’ programme.  But what, exactly, are they transforming to become?  For most, it seems that ‘transforming’ is really about ‘Leaning’ existing processes, or outsourcing yet more services to one of a small group of private sector companies.

 

‘Lean’ is not enough

Such efforts are merely fiddling with an outdated model of service delivery.  To take advantage of servitised business models, we will need to think more radically.
Organisations need to move from the right side to the left side of the above quadrant.

Industry-shaking research, here in Cambridge

Research undertaken here since 2008 has shaken the foundations of traditional IT services and established a new ‘Open’ IT strategy for Government.

 

 

 

What next? A component-based public service architecture

Why does the technology that underpins so many of our public services have to be so complicated and expensive, when it is now so cheap at home? Why can't it become more like Google, or Amazon? And what do we need to do about it?

An Open Platforms and Public Services Working Group is being established within Centre for Public Policy to develop a policy White Paper that will seek to engage politicians, civil servants, and the public with these, and other important questions that go right to the heart of designing and delivering public services for the future.

The paper will seek to prompt national debate and awareness about the need to build component-based public service platforms that will allow service providers to assemble bespoke services from standard ‘building blocks’.

Contact: Mark Thompson

RSS Feed Latest news

Webinar - High-Quality Prediction Intervals for Deep Learning

Jun 11, 2018

11 June 2018 - High-Quality Prediction Intervals for Deep Learning: A Distribution-Free, Ensembled Approach - by Tim Pearce, Mohamed Zaki, Alexandra Brintrup, Andy Neely

Theme Update - Blockchains in Smart Services

Jun 06, 2018

In May, Veronica and her team worked very hard on the first practical phase of the project – the Codification of the Blockchain Prototype for the CAT/Perkins’ Supply Chain.

Project Update - OMMS: the Wireless Micro-Factory that will Treat People with Cancer

Jun 06, 2018

The OMMS micro-factory project lead by Dr Veronica Martinez made a great progress this month.

June 2018 Newsletter

Jun 04, 2018

Find out what the Cambridge Service Alliance have been doing and how you can get involved.

Rare-events classification: An approach based on Genetic Algorithm and Voronoi Tessellation

May 31, 2018

by Abdul Rauf Khan, Mohamed Zaki, Henrik Schiøler, and Murat Kulahci. The paper was accepted at 'The 22nd Pacific-Asia Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (PAKDD)', a leading international conference in the areas of knowledge discovery and data mining (KDD). In this paper, Mohamed and co-authors propose a novel strategy for data mining based on partitioning of the feature space through Voronoi tessellation and Genetic Algorithm, where the latter is applied to solve a combinatorial optimization problem.

View all news

Upcoming events

Shift to Services Executive Education Programme

Nov 07, 2018

IfM, Cambridge, UK

Ecosystems Strategy One Day Course

Nov 15, 2018

IfM, Cambridge

Upcoming events