Imagine there was one place where you could find all the information that you needed about the USPs and innovative ideas of some of the many vendors grappling for your attention in the UK Digital Identity ecosystem.
Sounds useful? Well, we have good news, as just such a simple procurement research instrument is being created – The Digital ID Directory.
The idea: offer a tool for public sector decision makers to investigate Digital Identity product and service suppliers in the form of a convenient Directory.
The listings will contain information and a number of links to relevant product or service content on a supplier website, and is going to be available in both an online and a hard-copy version (at certain events), says the directory owners.
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Outlining the rationale for the creation of The Digital Identity Directory, Matt Stanley, Think Digital Partners Director, noted that, “The Directory will be a tool that is simple to use but which has all the relevant information in one place, so that public sector buyers can passively investigate the products and services of the supplier market and speed up the investigation process of procurement.
“As it stands, buyers and decision makers from all government departments have to search for potential suppliers based on limited information available on the GCloud. They then have to take time to send out a request for information to their shortlist. The Digital ID Directory can help speed up this process by listing not only all the products and services, but also other relevant information including links to supplier’s case studies, analyst reports, a list of partners, your potential new ID supplier’s existing customers and contact details.
“Plus, if a buyer knows exactly the service elements that they require, they will be able to search via tags to instantly create a shortlist of appropriate suppliers. Finally, The Digital ID Directory will primarily be an online tool for buyers to engage with, but we will also produce a physical copy for all delegates of our twice yearly Think Digital Identity for Government conferences as a useful giveaway they can take away with them.”
Seems like a pretty bright idea for us – especially as, as per direct Government policy, GOV.UK Verify is not supposed to be ‘the only Digital Identity game in town’ and central and local government are being actively encouraged to work with the private sector to find the solution that aligns closest with their specific service user needs.
If you have any questions or require further information on the Directory, please contact Matt to hear more on firstname.lastname@example.org.