Choose tools and technology that let you build a good service in an efficient, cost effective way.

Build a sustainable service which allows you to change direction in future.

Detailed guidance of how to meet this standard can be found in DfE Architecture guidance (opens in new tab) and DfE Technical Guidance (opens in new tab).

Why it's important

When you make a decision about technology, you're making a significant investment. The choices you make will have a huge impact on your ability to create, iterate and operate the service in a flexible, sustainable way.

It's important to make sure you're not working on your own and use learnings from other teams or services where possible. Always try to align technology choices with other DfE teams. The more common components that are created and used the more efficient you can be in building a great service that meets the Service Standard.

When you make a decision about tools, look across DfE to see what's currently being used. Align with tools (opens in new tab) being used across other DDaT communities as much as possible.

How to meet this standard in every phase

You'll be assessed on what you've done to meet this standard at service assessments. However, even if the service you are working on is not being assessed, it's good practice to consider how you'll meet this standard point.

Things to consider:

Profession specific guidance

Each DDaT profession in DfE has their own community and guidance.


Technical Guidance