Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Advantages of having a business component-level blueprint of all public services.

Sheri Loessl on the IBM Blueworks collaboration site pointed out the value of having your government blueprinted as though it was one large business enterprise.
Having a holistic view of the business of government will aid government leaders in their strategic thinking, and in decision making on initiatives or programs that must span multiple agencies or governmental jurisdictions. Having a unifying master business model of all areas of government, can help government officials to 1) identify opportunities to realize efficiencies, 2) deliver programs and services more effectively and innovatively, 3) identify and align roles and responsibilities to enhance collaboration across government (and beyond) and; 4) reduce time-to-service. The ability to look across program area or jurisdictions and find areas where sharing services and collaboration for better outcomes can be realized.
For all those working as enterprise architects in the public sector, there are benefits that can readily be realised from this approach.
  • Don't have to reinvent the processes of government for each department or agency (there is also commonality across systems of government - Westminster, Federal ...)
  • Goals and measures can be consistently applied from top to bottom
Lets get out there and share or borrow these organisational components before re-inventing the wheel ourselves.

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