November 1, 2006 By News Report
Zhao Fengtong said, "The Beijing City Government is committed to the development of a comprehensive and advanced information infrastructure. We are pleased that EMC is investing its technology and expertise in support of the city of Beijing's digital initiatives. Through the adoption of innovative information technologies, we expect to improve the city's efficiency and quality of service for our citizens."
The alliance between EMC and Beijing will help change the way the city government interacts with its citizens. Specifically, the alliance will include:
About Digital Beijing
In 1999, Beijing Municipality launched the drive of "Digital Beijing," with the final target of shaping the sophisticated city-level digital capacity. This digital capacity is based on the completion of broadband and multimedia information networks and GIS, the integration of the city's information resources, and the buildup of information systems for eGovernment, eCommerce, online education, remote medical treatment, labor and social insurance, and more.
By the end of China's "Tenth Five-Year Plan," the framework of "Digital Beijing" has been achieved, according to an EMC release. As a leader of this kind of project within China, Beijing has completed building the infrastructure and is now moving to the next phase of online services. Information communications technology (ICT) is playing a more and more important role in the city's economic and social development.
The vision of Digital Beijing is set to be preliminarily realized in "The Eleventh Five-Year Plan," when 100 percent of key government services are supported by ICT, over 80 percent of business for approval can be transacted online, and each task within the Special Program for Construction of Digital Olympics is fulfilled. This will establish a comprehensive information service system, which is based on individuality and human-orientation, consistent with international norms, and demonstrates Chinese characteristics. All of this will make a sound groundwork for moving Beijing into the information society.
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.