The Department for Education (DfE) is the UK government’s department responsible for education and child protection in England. Talk Think Do helped the DfE modernise its IT systems and embrace the cloud.
The Calculate Funding Service was established to provide a joined-up system to allow policy specialists to design, prototype and implement allocations. However, the existing on-premise solutions were no longer coping with the load generated.
It was clear moving to the cloud was a potential solution, but there was a lack of cloud experience within the DfE team to carry this out effectively.
Working within a Government Digital Service (GDS) process, we provided solution architecture from discovery through to design.
We proposed an Azure serverless architecture, using Cosmos DB and Azure Functions, which would provide the ability to quickly undertake policy calculation during busy periods.
We produced a working proof of concept and then helped to build a delivery team and upskill the existing internal support team.
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