October 12, 2008 By Ed Bouryng
long-term ROI to support the overall strategic initiative.
Enterprise Solutions Are Tied to Survival
Enterprise solutions are a necessary leap that every government organization must eventually make -- those that don't will fall behind and be outpaced by their peers. Those that implement these solutions poorly are in a similar, or worse, position. Regardless of the economy or market, organizations with less resource-intensive, more automated business processes will ultimately have the upper hand when it comes to returning value from their limited resources (e.g., appropriation/budget). An enterprise solution alone is not the endgame, but it is a vital component of the executive's strategic move to gain an edge that will yield a consistent, ongoing value from their efforts to achieve an agency's mission. Administrators and oversight bodies alike will note that such executives and their agencies consistently exceed their expectations and their peers in government.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.