The next Mayor of London should appoint an IT leader in a bid for the city to make better use of data and technology, according to a Greater London Authority (GLA) report dubbed the Future of Smart.
It says the next mayor should "examine options for enhancing city leadership in data technology".
This could take the form of any, or all of the following: a chief technology officer (CTO), a chief information officer (CIO) or a chief digital officer (CDO). The CDO role is the option recommended by the Smart London Board, a panel of experts appointed by the Mayor to advise on IT.
In the Future of Smart report, the Smart London Board suggests that the Mayor should develop a data strategy that makes open data more available and provide access to secure data-sharing options with central government and private sector service providers.
The board also suggests that the Mayor should view city data as part of a platform where developers are encouraged to use technology to creatively improve and redefine the functions of government services.
"The Mayor should build systems that can cope with the ‘city as a platform' capacity. This will make it easier to harness the technological capabilities in London. If we do not, we will fall behind other world cities, devolution will be slowed and potential cost savings for frontline services will not be found," it claimed.
In addition, the board has called for the new Mayor to work with London councils and others to "aggregate demand for IT services and move to cloud storage and computing".
"London's government should, for example, explore ways to collaboratively maintain core data assets such as air quality, land assets, food quality ratings and maps, publishing the resulting datasets as open data that anyone can use," the report said.
V3 recently spoke to GLA CIO David Munn who explained that many people mistakenly think that he is in charge of IT for the whole of London.
"What [the GLA IT team] is here to do is show we can deliver fantastic services to the Mayor and the Mayor's Office, also the London Assembly and all of the support staff that are helping them in delivering to make sure that London stays a fantastic capital," he said.
"A lot of it is making sure they have the right equipment and also making sure they have the right systems to make decisions about policy," he added.
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