Government organisations with chief digital officers (CDOs) stand at nearly 5 per cent in 2014, lagging slightly behind the 6.6 per cent global figures.
Gartner believes this is neither surprising nor unexpected, because in the public sector, it is extremely difficult to make the business case and to obtain sustained funding for any new IT or business C-level position.
However, in municipalities where the digital acumen of elected officials is high and economic development is a top priority, there is a willingness to hire the digitally proficient talent needed to support initiatives.
"The exponential availability of government open data fuels a burgeoning marketplace of services and apps that exploit the unprecedented convergence of citizens, information, business and things," says Howard.
"Government agencies should sustain this initial burst of innovation, while ensuring accountability for the management of government's information assets, by establishing clear boundaries among the roles of CIO, CDO and chief technology officer (CTO), even when these duties are the responsibility of one person."
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