1.0 IntroductionPSBA was incepted in 2004 as a collaboration activity across Welsh public sector. The vision, motivation and process development was provided by Welsh Assembly Government. This created PSBA partnership involving public sector bodies who finance and use the PSBA Network (Baxter, Schoeman, Goffin & Micheli 2010). The initial users include Health sector, the general practitioners (GPs) and hospitals, all the 22 Unitary Authorities, the Higher and Further Education including the colleges and universities. PSBA services can be used by any organization in Wales providing public sector services (psba, 2010). The paper will compare its process through the lens of Gateway Review Process.
2.0 Gateway Review ProcessGateway Project Review is a process which ascertains the readiness of a program to allow progress to its next phase in six key stages of project life. Its purpose is to assess Business Case justification and realistic investment decision. It confirms the business needs for investment; assess the delivery of benefits and effectiveness of management processes. It confirms adequacy of resources for successful project management, the continuity of key personnel and the fitting of the changes made.
It confirms the ongoing process, change, value improvement and plans to mange it to conclusion. It finally evaluates the actions geared in implementing recommendations and confirms exit strategy and re-completion arrangements. 3.0 Review of operating phasePSBA network was integrated based on an objective of enabling greater efficiency and promote collaborative potential to support improved services delivery for Wales community (Wandersman 2009). The new network focus was to deliver secure and more effective information sharing across sectors. This would touch every public service to facilitate richer services delivery.
It would allow better classification of different applications for appropriate relative priorities such as online clinical applications for less critical services. Key project stakeholders include the Local Government, Education and Health. The network is currently used by Hospitals, Unitary Authorities, Universities, General Practitioners, Emergency Services, Further Education Colleges and other organizations funded through the public sector. The committee formed by representatives of the stakeholders reviews the likelihood of achieving the projected business benefits by presenting their organizational needs. Logicalis, an expert technology operator assigned to the project avails the procedures and processes for long-term project success and confirms performance of necessary testing including commissioning, business integration and the user acceptance testing for client satisfaction and readiness of client to approve implementation. 4.0 Business Case and benefits management PSBA deliver business goals and also support the wider business change with a clear and realistic scope and requirements (Schoeman, Baxter, Goffin & Micheli 2012).
PSBA responds to increasing pressure in public sector of delivering improved services and keeping costs down. Its benefits promote collaboration where organizations work together providing citizen-focused services (Walker, Bourne & Rowlinson 2008).
PSBA is such a shared physical network and its virtual private networks for specific organization and service promote safer and easier information sharing between organizations. Other benefits include shared services, maintained and improved security, rationalized data and voice network infrastructure, bandwidth and resilience and flexible working. PSBA is meant to provide business applications with time sensitive traffic, video collaboration and cost saving while providing a 24/7 monitoring, support and management service for its customers. Its decision is strategically based on organizational standards. It is replacing dawn2 which has been for the last 7 years provided excellent services.
The communication services delivery respond to day to day requirements of telephony, video conferencing, data centers, emails and websites.