I am going out on a limb here, but we really appreciate your input on this issue.
Public sector technology is an essential and important part of our society, economy and technical landscape. Technology solutions from National, Regional, State and local governments define the ways in which people in interact with government to obtain services, information and support. These technologies are blurring the lines between public, private and personal. That is the context for this question.
When we ask public sector CIOs for their ideas and needs in designing Gartner events one thing comes up rather often – blend the event, public and private, we want to learn what private sector CIOs are doing, their practices etc. That is great. We listen and incorporate that input into the design of events like the recent Symposia and the upcoming CIO Leadership Forums. Here is the question.
When we bring private and public sector CIOs together on an issue, the immediate question raised by a public sector CIO is that the practice or approach discussed does not work in the public sector. Then the follow up question, tell me something that works in a public sector context.
The point is legitimate because the two are different. However, it defeats the purpose of bringing the two people together. It also has a chilling effect on group participation as one side tunes out – either private or public.
So here is the question – If you want to learn and share practices with your private sector peers, then how should we do it to avoid the immediate and constant roadblock of it does not work in public sector?
The easy answer is to hold separate sessions: public and private. But, public sector CIOs want a mix. I hope you see the paradox and I would really appreciate your input so we can meet your needs.
If there are other reasons why public sector CIOs want to network with their private counterparts, other than to share practices – then great please comment on what they are and we can design that experience appropriately.
I am asking this personal question of public sector CIOs because public sector information and the technologies they lead are critical elements of everyone’s safety and well being. Getting this issue right benefits everyone in the public and private sector. I would appreciate your help in understanding this issue.
Please comment and I will be happy to respond and let you all know some thoughts based on your comments for getting the best of each together.