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Gov 2.0: Government as a Platform

A blueprint for digital governments.

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Contributors

  • Alex Benay, Partner, Digital and Government Solutions KPMG in Canada
  • Jerry Koh, Director of Systems Innovation andMaRS Solutions Lab
  • Steven Hertzberg, Co-Founder Grey Swan Digital
  • Chris Potts, Mentor, Facilitator and Speaker - Enterprise Investment, Dominic Barrow, Author of FruITion, RecrEAtion and DefrICtion
  • Jörg Schreiner, Managing Partner co-shift GmbH
  • 9 anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • Digital initiatives are not yielding the expected value, despite heavy investments.
  • Citizens are not engaged and unhappy with services.
  • Struggling to utilize assets for better use of citizens.
  • Struggling to provide services to all citizens anywhere and everywhere.
  • Innovation is a serious challenge.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

Government as a Platform (GaaP) is the right thought and execution model for a Digital Government:

  • GaaP is not just about technology – it is shift in mind-set, culture, and organization – it is also a change in how the government’s relationship changes from simply a doer to more of an enabler and an orchestrator.
  • GaaP is about digital transformation of a government, whereas digital platforms are the vehicle through which governments use/develop technologies as part of the digital transformation strategy.
  • Governments need a new way to interact with their stakeholders: citizens, constituents, and communities, as well as the various arms of the administration and the business community.

Impact and Result

Organizations that implement this project will draw benefits in following aspects:

  • GaaP concepts and strategies
  • Turning data into an asset: Open Data and APIs
  • Turning digital assets into fuel for collaboration and innovation
  • Enabling innovation: Open APIs and Co-creation
  • Digital Services: Digital Identity, etc.
  • Enabling Platforms: technology foundation

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to understand the importance of being a digital government.

1. Strategy: Open and Collaborative

Discuss GaaP strategies being open and collaborative.

2. Strategy: Accessible and Connected

Discuss GaaP strategies being accessible and connected.

3. Strategy: Digital and Programmable

Discuss GaaP strategies being digital and programmable.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a three call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Open and Collaborative

Call #1 - Discuss ways for government to become more open and collaborative.

Guided Implementation #2 - Strategy: Accessible and Connected

Call #1 - Discuss ways for government to become more accessible and connected.

Guided Implementation #3 - Strategy: Digital and Programmable

Call #1 - Discuss ways for government to become more digital and programmable.

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Module 1: Understand the GaaP Concepts and Strategies

The Purpose

  • Understand the platform model and strategies
  • Get an overview of GaaP

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Platform is the leading strategy and thought model – understanding the model helps in better formulation of digital strategy

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Discuss what it means to be a digital government

  • Understand
1.2

Discuss the platform model

  • Understand the platform model
1.3

Discuss platform strategies

  • Understand platform strategies
1.4

Overview of GaaP

  • Understand GaaP

Module 2: Map Goals With GaaP Strategies

The Purpose

  • Discuss the GaaP strategies
  • Map the GaaP strategies with strategic goals

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Sound understanding of the GaaP strategies
  • Alignment and mapping between GaaP strategies and strategic goals

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Open and Collaborative

  • Document the strategic goals
2.2

Accessible and Connected

2.3

Digital and Programmable

  • Mapping between goals and GaaP strategies

Module 3: Digital Platform Strategy

The Purpose

  • Understand the design goals for the digital/technology platform
  • Understand gaps between the platform capabilities and digital transformation (DX) strategy

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Design goals set the vision for the digital platform that is visible to all stakeholders
  • Gap analysis between enterprise’s digital strategy and platform capabilities helps with understanding the current situation and informs strategies and roadmaps

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Discuss and document design goals for digital platform

  • Documented design goals for digital platform
3.2

Discuss DX themes and platform capabilities – document the gaps

  • Documented DX themes and platform capabilities
3.3

Discuss gaps and strategies along with timelines

  • DX themes and platform capabilities map

Module 4: Digital Platform Design: Key Components

The Purpose

  • Understand key components of a digital platform – technology and teams

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Design of digital platform requires understanding of the key components of a digital platform – this module provides high-level discussion on the topic
  • Understand the team structure, culture, and practices of successful platform engineering teams

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Confirmation and discussion on existing UX/UI and API strategies

4.2

Understanding of microservices architecture and filling of microservices canvas

  • Filled microservices canvas
4.3

Real-time stream processing data pipeline and tool map

  • Documented real-time stream processing data pipeline and tool map
4.4

High-level architectural view

  • Documented high-level architectural view
4.5

Discussion on platform engineering teams – culture, structure, principles, and practices

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