Government Technology and Government Resource Planning News Roundup

Most interesting GovTech and GRP news from last week, found by the FreeBalance Strategy and Innovation Group.
FAILED WEB CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN CANADA: Vito Pilieci of the Ottawa Citizen describes how the single web content management system for “” has been scaled back after numerous delays. Pilieci characterizes the project as a “boondoggle” whose original $1.45M budget has risen ten-fold.
OPEN PROCUREMENT DATA COMBATS CORRUPTION: Andrew Mandelbaum of Development Gateway describes the opportunities for open procurement data in West Africa. “Government officials mentioned combatting corruption as a key use case of procurement data. Officials also expressed interest in ensuring that procurement occurs efficiently; the government gains value for money; and that the procurement market is competitive.” A scorecard showing the level of openness across the procurement lifecycle in six countries is provided.

ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE TO LEAD IT SPENDING GROWTH: Elliot M. Kass  in Information Management summarizes Gartner Group spending forecasts. “The strongest growth will occur in the worldwide enterprise software market, which will rise 7.6 percent this year, up from 5.3 percent in 2016.” Automation, IoT and blockchain spending are driving spending increases.

US GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES LACK IT CONFIDENCE: A report by the Ponemon Institute, sponsored by Splunk, finds declining IT confidence among US federal government workers in the wake of new technologies and digital transformation.
CAN BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY ENABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT? Michael Pisa and Matt Juden of the Centre for Global Development explores the blockchain hype. They conclude that “while blockchain-based solutions have the potential to increase efficiency and improve outcomes dramatically in some use cases and more marginally in others, the key constraints to addressing these challenges often fall outside the scope of technology—and that these constraints need to be resolved before blockchain technology can meet its full potential in this space.”


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