Open Data Continues To Be Growing Trend In Government Offices
Transparency is not a new term among the various levels of government agencies; however, OpenGov gave it a nudge with ‘open data’ as an up-and-coming agenda. The startup has received new funding, greater support, and boasts over 500 government clients. The support for both transparency and open data appears to be growing and co-founder and CEO of OpenGov offers other insights for 2016.
The growing success of OpenGov shows an interest in improving data-sharing processes between government agencies, as well as improving the transparency that many citizens demand. As Zac Bookman, OpenGov CEO suggests in “4 Govtech Trends to Watch in 2016,” posted by Jason Shueh on GovTech.com, this could be the start of a new era of collaboration and accountability. Technological advances have clearly transformed businesses in the private sector and public offices are finally taking notice. Many new and innovative technologies are being created to solve problems or are otherwise offering big changes in communities, such as mySidewalk which is reinventing urban planning as well as other open data businesses Ontodia and ThinkData that are pushing for stronger collaboration.
Sharing financial and budgetary information is the likely next step for collaboration between public offices; however, government offices need to first get rid of spreadsheets. Managing financial data within spreadsheets is time-consuming and fraught with risk. In addition, sharing data between inconsistent and varying spreadsheet formats is difficult, if not nearly impossible. A modern enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can make it easier for government agencies to capture and share data in consistent and reliable formats. This modern technology, combined with open data, can save hundreds to thousands of hours with budgeting and managing finances, which is better spent on strategic planning, research, and other value-added programs and services.
Today’s ERP solutions also offer a streamlined way to manage inventory and supplier or vendor information, labor management, payroll and human resources issues, and expedite responses to citizen inquiries. With data at the fingertips of key employees, your people can respond faster to address citizen requests or answer questions. Contact AKA Enterprise Solutions for more information about replacing legacy systems with ERP and participating in this growing open data movement.