The Government of India is looking at Service Oriented Architechture (SOA) to bring greater efficiencies to administrative processes and to enable e-Governance. The National Informatics Center (NIC) has been entrusted to introduce e-Governance standards, which will be based on SOA.
The mandate for NIC is to integrate government implementations at various states and different departments into one network under the National e-Governance Plan.
The primary SOA drivers in Asia are improved service delivery in increasingly competitive markets and improved integration at both the data and application levels, according to a study conducted by Springboard Research. SOA has been incorporated into the government framework in India, Australia and Singapore. Infocomm Development Authority and India's NIC have also espoused the benefits of SOA.
In Australia, the government had released its e-Government strategy last year where it had identified the need for SOA usage by the country's entire governmental network, the report added. Under this, SOA would be implemented to improve services to citizens and to make efficient use of the government's ICT capabilities.
SOA's success in the public sector can partly be attributed to governments' desire to serve its citizens and partly by the need to achieve transparency, one of the muted impacts of globalisation,” Springboard Research Senior Analyst Balaka Baruah Aggarwal said.