'Delivering on Digital' provides a playbook for governments in an age of transformation
New book shares insights, strategies, and tools for achieving digital modernization
WASHINGTON, JUNE 7, 2016—Deloitte University Press today released “Delivering on Digital: The Innovators and Technologies that are Transforming Government,” a new book by William D. Eggers, director of Public Sector Research at Deloitte Services LP. The book explores how a new generation of digital innovators are using tools such as cloud computing, mobile devices, and analytics to reform and modernize long-standing processes within government. It also explores how these digital innovators are overcoming barriers such as legacy systems, silos, embedded cultural norms, procurement limitations, workforce deficits, limited funding, competing priorities, and cybersecurity risks.
“Delivering on Digital” examines the journey to digital transformation in three parts:
- The digital way of thinking, an exploration of the vast difference between traditional government practice and the “digital way,”
- Hacking bureaucracy, an analysis of the established processes within today’s government that must be reformed and redesigned to achieve digital transformation, and
- Digital redesign, a call to action for readers and leaders to reimagine government in the Digital Age and consider the use of digital technologies to achieve mission success.
Eggers is a leading authority on digital government and the best-selling author of eight previous books on public policy and reform, including: “The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Biggest Problems,” “Governing by Network,” “Government 2.0,” and “If We Can Put a Man on the Moon.”
“Digital transformation requires seeing old problems and processes through new eyes, and it’s as much about organizational culture as it is about technology,” said Eggers. “Unlocking a digital way of thinking to embrace new tools, disrupt outdated legacy processes, and create a shared vision for citizen-focused government services will be essential to any jurisdiction’s ability to function efficiently and compete in a modern global economy.”
Government leaders and digital innovators can receive both visionary guidance and practical advice from the book, which features chapters on the traits characteristic of a digital mindset, how to “hack” embedded processes such as hiring, training, project delivery, procurement, and security; and the imperative to imagine a new future for government services and programs.
The book includes insights from a survey of more than 1,200 government officials from more than 70 countries on the subject of digital transformation, as well as more than 200 in-depth interviews with public sector leaders and digital experts. It also showcases multiple case studies from governments that successfully reduced costs and expanded their capabilities and efficiencies with the power of digital transformation, including:
- San Francisco’s public transit system, which transitioned away from paper bus transfers to a RFID card allowing the city’s transportation agency to adjust bus routes by assessing average commute times, passenger density, and popular travel hours by neighborhood.
- The state of Utah, which has digitized more than 1,100 state services, saving on average $13 per transaction or about $500 million per year.
- Estonia, one of the world’s most digitized governments, where citizens can file taxes or register a new company online in minutes, and every citizen and business has a unique online identity meaning they never have to fill out the same information twice when interacting with government.
- New South Wales, Australia, which is redesigning its child welfare system by focusing on the user experience of the caseworker using ChildStory, a system that allows caseworkers to swiftly and easily track a child’s relationships and support networks.
- Barcelona, Spain, which equipped lampposts with fiber-optic cables and Wi-Fi so they could double as telecommunications towers capable of monitoring crowds, noise, weather, and traffic.
“Organizations must orient themselves in the landscape of digital transformation and set a plan for their journey,” said Eggers. “But getting from here to there is not just about the technology; it requires a mindset that puts customers and users before organizational interests, turns human-centered design into a core competency, and improves the way governments serve their citizens. Embracing this change is critical for government leaders–the consequences of being left behind in the digital revolution are much too high.”
“Delivering on Digital” is available from Rosetta Books and Deloitte University Press at http://www.deliveringondigital.com.
“Delivering on Digital” infographics can be found at http://www.deliveringondigital.com/playbook/.
“Delivering on Digital” case studies interactive can be found at http://www.deliveringondigital.com/casestudies/.
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