October 19, 2011 By News Report
Pictured are (Left to Right): Dan Gillison; Chris Zimmerman, Board Chairman, Arlington County Board; Barbara Donnellan, County Manager, Arlington, Va.; Ajit Arya, Deputy CIO, Arlington, Va.
"We are proud to have won the award and to have our staff recognized for their Herculean efforts in the Board meeting by our County Manager," said Marybeth Majka, Arlington County Strategy and Portfolio Management, Department of Technology Services.
The survey -- which recognizes outstanding examples of counties using information and communications technology -- is conducted each year by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Digital Communities program, in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award was presented by Dan Gillison, a representative of Sprint, one of this year's survey underwriters.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.