Digitisation and Cloud Migration: The Legislative Assembly of Ontario's Experience
About the Legislative Assembly of Ontario | Canada. Written on January, 2022
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has embarked on a significant digital transformation journey, focusing on the adoption of cloud technologies and the digitisation of their systems. This essay examines a detailed case presentation highlighting the challenges, strategies, and successes of the assembly's digitisation and cloud migration initiatives. The presentation also points to potential future directions for the organisation.
The Assembly's Digital Transformation Context
Serving close to 15 million Ontarians, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario operates with nearly 400 staff, including political staff and constituency offices. The assembly's main responsibilities include debating and passing legislation, and its operations are primarily conducted in downtown Toronto. However, since the onset of the pandemic, much of the assembly's work has been carried out remotely, introducing a new set of challenges to the organisation's operations.
The Information Services branch, one of the assembly's four major divisions, spearheads the assembly's digital transformation. This branch focuses on the development of in-house systems, digital content creation, content management, records management, and the promotion of accessibility and open data.