Public authorities have long needed the equivalent of the enterprise management system – as used by leading companies around the world – but seldom had the resources to afford it. Now a new collaborative-working platform developed under the ICTE-PAN project may hold the solution.
Starting in the mid-1990s, public authorities began making significant investments into IT infrastructures capable of supporting their need to manage large amounts of relatively unstructured data. However concerns about security, especially when using the Internet, tended to limit the exchange of information with other administrations or the general public. The result has been isolated islands of information within departmental intranets, and the lack of an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues or indeed anyone outside of the immediate administrative environment.
The IST project ICTE-PAN aimed to help solve this problem by developing a secure means of collaborative working; a means which could provide the kind of security and controlled access facilities more commonly associated with advanced enterprise management systems. ICTE-PAN researchers planned to create the methodology and software tools that would enable public sector administrations to use innovative technologies and systems to adapt to rapidly changing work practices.
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