Director, Public Sector
IBM – India/South Asia
There is no dearth of technology but infrastructure in rural areas is not so good and hence one has to look at solutions which are more pragmatic
In India, we have seen a rapid deployment and progress of the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) and large IT modernisation projects. The government is now looking to leverage IT to improve citizen services, efficiency and lower the total cost of operations. They are re-orienting their structures and policies around the citizens they serve. The progress in the recent past is enviable by any global benchmarks. This journey has just started and we have a long way to go before the impact of IT is felt across all sections of the society. IBM has a powerful technology stack of Software & Hardware which offers proven frameworks and solutions to the Government. IBM strategy is to leverage the technology stack and experience with various Government organisations across the world, to build customized solutions for Government organisations.
Some of the major solution areas which have great potential for the future are- postal services, defense, homeland security, GST, municipal bodies and other databases related to Government functions. In future, we need to look at the unique challenges that the country has. No country in the world can be compared with India—no other country has a challenge of dealing with so many languages that a solution provider needs to handle for a pan India deployment or while doing projects across various states. Besides, while deploying technology in rural areas one needs to be practical and prudent in their approach in terms of understanding the infrastructure in these areas. They should first go for a pilot and then opt for a full scale deployment. There is no dearth of technology as it can be delivered but infrastructure in India’s rural areas is not so good, non-existent in certain areas and hence one has to look at solutions which are more pragmatic and relevant and can meet the needs of these local markets.
PPP is certainly a step in the right direction. In the last few years there has been immense learning on implementing PPP projects for both Government and the Industry. Both the sides should work together to apply the learning for implementing future projects.
“The biggest challenge in developing e-Procurement systems is the lack of widely adopted data exchange standards, which leads to the incompatibility of various procurement systems. As a result, government procurements are heavily fragmented.” – Mark Fleeton, CEO, Development Gateway.”