IT infrastructure projects are notoriously complex and pose major challenges, especially for federal administrations and municipalities. To meet these challenges efficiently in the OZG context, IT infrastructures can be developed and provided according to the principle of “one for all” (EfA). In projects such as the OZG Cloud, the Förderfinder or MODUL-F, we have gained diverse experience with projects of this kind. This article shows what role synergy effects play in IT infrastructure projects and how the principle of “one for all” (EfA) contributes to the success of such projects. We will discuss this at the Zukunftskongress Staat und Verwaltung in a Best Practice Dialogue on 20 June 2023 from 11:45 to 12:30.
Complexity of IT infrastructure projects in federal states and municipalities
IT infrastructure projects are inherently complex, and this complexity increases in the context of countries and municipalities. Different requirements, infrastructure gaps and legal frameworks complicate the development and implementation of IT infrastructures. It is therefore crucial to identify and use synergies to manage this complexity.
Synergy effects and their contribution to the success of IT infrastructure projects
Synergy effects play an important role in the success of IT infrastructure projects. By pooling resources, know-how and infrastructure requirements, projects can be implemented more efficiently and cost-effectively. For example, shared IT infrastructures can help to avoid redundancies and improve scalability. Synergy effects make it possible to optimally use existing resources and create a sustainable IT infrastructure.
We will discuss this at the Zukunftskongress Staat & Verwaltung on 20 June 2023Visit us at stand 0.60 (directly opposite the main entrance).
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The “one for all” (EfA) principle as a solution
The principle of “one for all” (EfA) offers a solution for the efficient development and provision of IT infrastructures. It involves the creation of a uniform infrastructure that can be flexibly adapted to the needs of the various actors. The standardisation of components and processes reduces complexity and promotes reusability. The EfA principle enables better cooperation between actors and promotes the integration of IT infrastructures at regional, national and international level.
A successful IT infrastructure project in the OZG context: The OZG Cloud
The OZG Cloud is a pioneering project to promote administrative digitisation in Germany. The platform, which was commissioned by the state of Schleswig-Holstein and the IT-Verbund Schleswig-Holstein (ITV.SH) and developed under an open source licence, enables municipalities to manage and process online applications independently. The advantages are reduced workload, cooperation between municipalities and the forwarding of digital applications to specialised procedures. The application is an EfA solution and can be used throughout Germany. The first pilot projects in other federal states have already begun.
The example shows: pragmatic, implementable strategies for organisation and IT infrastructure are needed at the municipal level in order to use EfA services even in the town hall of a small municipality without a large IT department. In addition to Schleswig-Holstein, mgm also supports other federal states in setting up and operating such organisations. This involves not only the rollout of OZG services, but also management and organisational design.
The complexity of IT infrastructure projects in states and municipalities requires innovative approaches for successful solutions. The use of synergy effects and the application of the EfA principle are – in addition to good advice – decisive factors in meeting these challenges. By identifying and using synergy effects, IT infrastructure projects can be implemented more efficiently, cost-effectively and sustainably. The EfA principle enables standardisation and flexibility to meet the needs of the different stakeholders and provide an optimal IT infrastructure. With these approaches, the development of IT infrastructure projects becomes a recipe for success for federal administrations and municipalities.