Towards an interoperable information society

Digia started as an application provider for the Finnish government’s Shared Integration Service (VIA) on 1 August. The service is an essential component of the overall technological architecture used by the government, and it is one of the concrete outcomes of the Public Sector ICT project of the Ministry of Finance. The government’s Shared ICT Services centre, operating in the State Treasury, chose the suppliers for the service through a tendering process, meaning that the different government bodies had no need to run separate tenders.

 

The Shared Integration Service (VIA) is a centralised messaging service that facilitates the management of system integration. VIA will bring multiple benefits once it is fully implemented. With it, public organisations can transfer data among their own systems and between their own and other organisations’ systems.

In the spring of 2012, the State Treasury ran an open tender procedure for the provision of VIA in the next three to four years. The criteria in the bidding process particularly valued strong competence in Oracle technologies and integration solutions, and Digia was chosen as a supplier.

Secure, evolving service

VIA is an essential component of the overall technological architecture used by the government. The data security of the service is audited using the government’s standards, according to an elevated security and preparedness level.

The service is under continuous development and has been in production use since 2011. Currently, VIA is used for example in the integration of the government’s financial and human resources management system, Kieku, and customers from the Citizen’s Account, as well as in the integration of the metsaan.fi portal of the Finnish Forest Centre. Soon, query interfaces connected to the basic official data records will be added to the service. The first connections will be to the Population Register and the Business Information System.


Shared ICT Services Centre

The government’s Shared ICT Services centre, operating in the State Treasury, develops and produces ICT services shared by several government bodies. It organises, acquires and generates the services on behalf of the whole public administration. Some of them are also offered to local councils. As such, the centre is one of the implementers of the Finnish Public Sector ICT Strategy.