The use and flow of information is a critical force-multiplier for any organisation so requires pragmatic solutions supported by clear and logical analysis.

Information systems for unique requirements and/or major organisations are, generally, complex and expensive.  Some major programmes within Government have proven to be inflexible in the face of evolving requirements. This could be the result of a closed system architecture, restrictive contracting or Intellectual Property Rights constraints.

Technical approaches such as modularity and shared open standards continue to help, but organisational barriers can prevent effective implementation. Such challenges include:

  • Understanding the whole life implications, and associated costs, of various approaches to information systems coherence
  • Complex technological and organisational integration issues
  • Making the case for portfolio level investment and ownership by building a case for who is best placed to own and pay for any initiative
  • Bringing pragmatism to the generation of any procurement strategy, reflecting challenges such as commercial, organisational and technical barriers
  • Sharing and working with senior stakeholders on complex system and capability dependencies across organisational boundaries
  • Understanding security architecture options and implications.

When such challenges to improving capability exist, Arke utilises a ‘whole life’ perspective to highlight the costs, benefits, risks and opportunities of alternative approaches to future capability delivery.