Government as a Platform

In Chapter 2 of Open Government Tim O’Reilly first coins the term Government as a Platform, describing how traditional IT for government should become more like Facebook, Twitter and the other Internet pioneers who have been harnessing the evolution of the Cloud to become ‘platforms’, doing so for government would enable a shared infrastructure that enables more rapid digital transformations.

Global adoption

This was then picked up on by early pioneers within local markets, for example the UK in particular was quick to base their own ‘departmental brand’ upon their ideas and work in this area.

Mike Bracken, Executive Director for Digital in the UK Cabinet Office, wrote here that it represents the future of public sector IT, and describes how it will enable the next phase of digital transformation for government. The Cabinet Office also published this video to easily describe the concept.

As Government Executive wrote, the concept then further broadened to other markets like the USA, with FCW asking if the federal sector is ready for it, and also Australia recently began emulating the same concepts in their own IT strategy planning.