June 14, 2010 By News Report
A severe tropical storm would be doubly catastrophic in the aftermath of the BP oil disaster in the gulf, said the Center for American Progress. Such a storm could carry oil from the sea to the land, contaminating homes, businesses, farms, and even drinking water. Preparations for such an event must begin now so that every step to safeguard people and their communities can be undertaken. This includes preparing for food or water contamination, disrupted commerce or agriculture, and other impacts of gallons of oil raining from the sky. This effort must not wait until a tropical storm is days away from landfall because it will be too late.
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.