.The Information Service Project has worked together for more than 5 years. The group works well as “councils without borders” and had significant achievements in 2017/18 including a region-wide Wide Area Network (WAN), shared web services creating a common user interface for all councils websites. Continued alignment of IS direction, infrastructure and resourcing enable future shared services with other Councils, regionally and nationally. Information architecture and management are areas for continued development.
Kahl Olsen, Chair of the IS Advisory Group, stated; “The strategic plan has an approximate 12 month focus with key objectives being aligning the Information Services (IS) functions of the region’s five Councils, achieving a level of shared service capability across IS infrastructure and resourcing and creating a state of ‘enablement’ for the delivery of future ‘operational’ shared services with other Councils, regionally and nationally.” There are also a number of other smaller initiatives underway around procurement and knowledge sharing.