Publication - Strategy/plan

Social Security Scotland: digital and technology strategy 2018-2021

Published: 28 Sep 2018

Sets out the approach and direction we are taking to develop the high level architecture and solution design to support the new agency, Social Security Scotland, which is based in Dundee, in delivering Scotland’s first devolved welfare system.

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24 page PDF

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Contents
Social Security Scotland: digital and technology strategy 2018-2021
10 Architectural principles

24 page PDF

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10 Architectural principles

The Digital and Technology Strategy is underpinned by a set of technology architecture principles, that will provide more detailed guidance as we move beyond the first wave of deliverables under the programme.

Long-term focus Technology solutions will be based on strategic intent not on short-term aims, although solutions will evolve from Minimum Viable Product ( MVP) to full strategic implementation.
Technology Technical diversity will be managed through a Design Authority in order to control complexity and cost.
Commodity first solutions Where business requirements allow, commodity solutions will be our preferred option, including reuse where possible.
Simple solutions Technical solutions will be as simple as possible. Where technical complexity exists it will be self-contained and hidden whenever possible and economically viable.
Flexible by design Solutions will be loosely coupled and component based by design in order to provide flexibility, scalability, and future adoption of emerging technologies.
Exploit metrics Application & Technology Services, Processes and Components will be measured to enable appropriate monitoring, cost calculation and informed decision making.
Reusable services Solutions should provide and/or consume services that are reusable across the agency.
Automated processes Processes will be automated end-to-end including integrations with delivery partners wherever possible.
User-centric Services will be built focused on the needs of the users consuming the service. This covers citizens, third-party partners and internal agency staff.
Data relevance Data must be business relevant and managed in accordance with current legislation.
Data vocabulary Data definitions and vocabularies will be consistent throughout the Agency.
Master data All data will have a master copy providing a 'single source of truth'.
Secure by design Security will be embedded into business requirements, business logic, application, data and technology.
Non-functional requirements Non-functional requirements should be treated with the same level of importance as functional requirements.
Continuous deployment Infrastructure and applications will be designed to support continuous and automated deployment.

Contact

Andy.McClintock@gov.scot