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- The Future of Local Government Services
Local Government Platform: Now this is more like it!
In a previous post I covered some aspects of why local government could be considered a platform business, or at least could move in that direction. I’m enormously grateful to Stuart Boardman, Carl Haggerty and Tom Graves for supplying me with some challenges and suggestions in terms of developing these ideas. I’ve taken these suggestions on board and I think I’m in a position to outline the “top-level” of what the overall model looks like. I’ve even got some ideas about the next level of iteration down but I might park that for later so I can get the big picture out.
So, to recap: Local Government (in this model) is a hub. It’s purpose is to connect people (and places) with needs to people with funding to people who can provide services to help under the governance and ownership of people with the political mandate to do just…
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Denise McDonagh’s right (above) that public sector ICT has improved, but we still suffer from a literally Victorian-era public service infrastructure! Lots of stovepipe organisations doing often strikingly similar things (look at our 427 local government organisations, for example – all doing enthusiastically different versions of the same thing).
In a C21 public service infrastructure, technology will have disappeared into the looking-glass – sublimated from our consciousness since it will be everywhere and nowhere at the same time: working, interoperable, cheap. Instead, the emphasis will be all on the architecture: who understands platform/innovation dynamics? The Centre’s job will be to create the conditions and incentives for a lively, plural marketplace to innovate; the marketplace will innovate and compete; and public service organisations will stop wasting taxpayers’ money propping up ancient, crumbling castles.
When we have deverticalised our public service architecture, and stopped talking about the technology, we will know we have truly arrived in the C21. We remain so far from this it is frightening; but open standards and consumption-based procurement routes such as G-cloud are undoubtedly a much-needed baby-step in the right direction.