What you need to know:
A new online portal in the U.S aims to ease the innovative process and empower collaboration by creating a place for government to share projects and best practices in a format adapted for use by all. The government Digital Transformation Exchange (DTE), an online platform went live in 2018 and is believed to be the first such partnership in the nation. Founding DTE members include the states of Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Wisconsin as well as Montgomery County, Md., and the Illinois villages of Hinsdale and Wilmette. The platform is free for relevant agencies to join and submit their concepts.
Entities wanted to enable information-sharing that was freer than at industry institutions, less specific than vendor solutions and quicker than what was typically found in journals. It was quoted that in the current environment, the public sector has limited options to find best practices such as paying consultants to provide the material and/or individually contacting governmental units to access information.
Not too far in the future, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) plans to establish working groups on topics including participation and content generation, to give members a louder voice and let them drive the conversation. The website currently features case studies from state and local agencies that are written in a template form for easy comparison to include problems focused on, solutions found and the ultimate impact.
Value to UAE Government:
A UAE based government level exchange program would allow public-sector entities to realize digital transformation options and best practices thus avoiding potential mistakes that might have been made in the past. With so much investment being plugged several initiatives by the government as a whole, this would also take care of overlapping “fees” (example: A general AI use case analysis which can be shared across all entities) that would have been paid to consultants or incurred internally by the entity.