National Informatics Center (NIC) has partnered with IBM (NYSE:IBM) to power the national portal of India (india.gov.in) enabling delivery of government services to its citizens.
The portal, based on open standards and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) from IBM, will provide a 'single point entry' to government information and services using products such as IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Workplace content manager for Web publishing and personalisation. The portal aims to add breakthrough features such as search, personalisation and localisation of content to suit the diverse requirements of the citizens of India. The partnership will ensure universal accessibility of the portal for the physically challenged and those using handheld devices. Announcing the partnership, Dr. Vijayaditya, Director General of NIC said the national portal was driven by the objective of bringing transparency and trust to aspects of good governance. It also provides a base infrastructure that can also be utilised by other e-Governance projects. It provides an extensible framework to build successful business-to-employee (B2E), business-to-business (B2B), and business-to-consumer (B2C) portals, which, helps businesses respond in real-time to customer demands and market conditions.