Denmark’s Ministry for Public Sector Innovation has announced it will lead “a major clean-up of the government's ICT systems”. The modernisation is part of Denmark’s new ICT strategy, which was unveiled in January.
According to the Agency for Digitisation (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen - DIGST), Denmark spends DKK 7 billion on ICT per year (about EUR 1 billion), and several of its core systems are in poor shape.
DIGST quotes Sophie Løhde, the Minister for Public Sector Innovation, as saying:
“Today, ICT infrastructure is just as vital as electricity and roads. With so many ICT projects making front page news, and following the financial review of the government's ICT-systems, it’s become clear to us all that something must be done. It's time to make a change. We simply have to spend taxpayers' money more intelligently.”
The Ministry says it wants a better prioritisation of ICT costs and ICT activities. It also wants to improve the follow-up on projects central to Danish society. In addition, the Ministry aims to improve security of the ICT systems that are central to Danish society.