June 29, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
Newly elected British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday announced that the Queen had invited him to form a government. The announcement was carried in the media of course, and on the PM's Web site, but also on the Downing Street YouTube Channel.
The Downing Street YouTube Channel was launched last month under former PM Tony Blair, who used the direct media to congratulate Nicolas Sarkozy on his election to president of the French Republic.
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.