On 31 May, the government of Italy approved its 3-year digital transformation plan, coordinating some EUR 4.6 billion in eGovernment actions. The goal is to make public administrations more efficient and place the citizen at the centre, says Marianna Madia, Minister for Government Simplification and Public Administration.
The 3-year plan defines a reference model for public sector ICT, and a strategy for digital transformation. The plan should also result in significant ICT cost savings, as well as investments in innovation and development.
The plan was written by country’s Agency for the Digitalisation of the Public Sector (Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale, AGID), in collaboration with the Government Digital Transformation Team, set-up by the government in late 2016.
According to Diego Piacenti, a former VP at Amazon who heads the Digital Transformation Team, the 3-year plan outlines the technological vision of a public sector operating system. Key words include agile development methods, mobile first, security, interoperability, scalability and reliability, he writes, adding that “open source and collaboration are the new paradigm.”
AGID is to help the public sector to adopt the guidelines and actions detailed for 2018. The plan will be revised each September, AGID announcement, writes.
Development of the 3-year plan was announced in May 2016.