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Do Vendors Have A Vision for The Future of Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 18, 2009  |  1 Comment

As part of my job as an analyst I do get a fair amount of inquiries from vendors who do supply products and services to government organizations. When I have a chance, I ask them whether they have a vision paper that articulates how IT will transform government service delivery and operations in the long run. While there are white papers on specific issues Рranging from social networks to identity and access management, from interoperability to openness РI have not seen any up-to-date, comprehensive paper that puts together a concise vision of how the confluence of socialization (i.e. social media),  consumerization (i.e. use of consumer technology in the enterprise) and commoditization (i.e. cloud computing) will change government roles and behaviors.

My contention is that vendors should help their clients understand the full extent of opportunities and risks posed by how different IT-related trends will interact to trigger an unprecedented level of change. Many are dismissive of the ability of governments to change both deeply and rapidly enough. However the tone and nature of inquiries with our government clients show a new propensity  toward change, probably caused by the peculiar challenges that many government organizations have to face because of the economic downturn and the financial crisis. I am not sure many vendors realize this.

I’d happy to hear from my readers whether they share my view or can point me in the direction of vendors who are really getting this right.

Category: cloud  scenario-planning  web-20-in-government  

Tags: future-of-government  vendors  

Andrea Di Maio
Managing VP
15 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Andrea Di Maio is a managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research, covering government and education. His personal research focus is on digital government strategies strategies, Web 2.0, open government, cloud computing, the business value of IT, smart cities, and the impact of technology on the future of government Read Full Bio

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  1. hi Andrea
    what do you think about govt using web 2.0 to enhance its dialogue with the business community? Most of the research stresses the value for govt to engage online with the community or with citizens for policy deliberation, planning etc but not much talk about dialoguing with the busuness community. Is there a difference? Should the approach be different?

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