It's hard to go a day without hearing the word 'data'. We rely on data on a daily basis in all industries; media, education, technology, retail etc. We are all getting excited about the possibility of what data can do. We know the buzzwords; Analytics, Big Data, Data Visualisation and Data Science! But at the root of these buzzwords is the need for visible, authoritative, consistent data that we can rely on to gain insights to support missions and goals.
It was announced this week that the Gov.UK Verify had fallen short of its target of 25 million users by 2020, only securing 3.6 million so far. With a current spend of £154m on Verify, the government is due to stop funding it from April 2020, handing operations over to the private sector. So what is Verify and how did it fail?