Avit: Cloud services for the government
Local governments and semi-governmental institutions are facing a wide variety of developments that directly affect their organisations. The Dutch government delegates more and more tasks to municipal governments, who in turn struggle to comply with regulations because of strict deadlines and shrinking budgets. The national government is also striving to digitise its government services and have municipalities cooperate with both public and private chain partners. Realising an electronic municipality and linking that to national facilities leads to drastic changes in the municipal organisation and the way IT is used.
This is exacerbated by (official) mergers and the exchange of activities pertaining to e.g. Healthcare Indication, personal budgets, WMM and taxes. Shrinking budgets are also a cause for municipal governments to go with their own strategic direction. Far-reaching cooperation with neighbouring municipalities or other governments can lead to significant savings, for example on housing and staff expenses. The optimisation and digitisation of services to civilians (e.g. by setting up digital windows with video) benefits both parties: things are made easier for civilians and the government’s costs are reduced.