SOCITM (Society of Information Technology Management)
Printable version E-mail this to a friend

Apply 'smart city' thinking across all government organisations

'Smart city' thinking, where effective use of information and technology informs policy and decision-making, could make all government smart, argues Socitm's latest briefing.

Smart cities: how are they really different? points out that leaders in urban areas are not the only ones that should be looking to deliver better outcomes for their citizens based on 'smart thinking'.

While cities have specific problems, particularly congestion and social issues, all government can be made smarter by application of information to make the best use of the resources available.

Technology is giving government the opportunity to collect and analyse data from its records and real-time sources to produce information upon which

it can act to make its operations more efficient, and its products and services more effective for communities.

The briefing goes on to describe opportunities from:

  • Big data
  • Joining up
  • Smart (agile) working:

Information specialists have an important role to play in developing smart government by bringing an understanding of these processes to their organisations, and ICT managers in particular have a critical role to play, says the briefing.

Smart cities: how are they really different? is available free of charge to Socitm Insight subscribers at: http://www.socitm.net/downloads/download/600/

Government to become the UK’s most inclusive employer by 2020 - What does that mean within your organisation?