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Open Group Conference: One connected government across G20 is a reality

Derek du Preez | Oct. 23, 2013
Judith Jones, CEO of Architecting the Enterprise, explained how governments are working together to align their enterprise architectures to create a fairer system.

One connected government across all G20 countries is an imminent reality, according to Judith Jones, CEO of Architecting the Enterprise.

Jones was speaking at the Open Group's Business Transformation conference this week in London, where she said that initiatives are being developed that will mean citizens are empowered, businesses will not be restricted by geography and governments will share data.

She outlined some of the plans that were being pushed by the G8 at the recent summit in Northern Ireland - including a global tax framework - which Jones said amounts to governments aligning their enterprise architectures to create a fairer system.

"They are going to break down barriers to trade - which is a fantastic opportunity for cloud computing. [The G8] are creating a global tax framework, to give tax to the countries that deserve to have the tax," said Jones.

"There is also a mandate for transparency through open data, to hold governments across the G8 to account (The Open Data Charter). I have a recommendation that we, the Open Data Group, should adopt that charter and integrate it into all of the capabilities that we build."

Action plans are to be developed by the G8 by the end of 2013, with a view to implement by the end of 2014.

However, Jones said that this isn't just a G8 agenda, as it is also being driven into the G20, which accounts for over 90 percent of the global economy.

She explained that they are seeking to standardise a number of what are typically nation-specific initiatives on global scale, such as the consumer price index, calculating balance of payments, as well as other social statistics, including labour, education, and health.

"They are creating data structures that can be used on a global scale," said Jones.

"They've now got a G20 enterprise architecture and this is only the beginning - soon all the data structures of human endeavours will be mapped."

She added: "Then we will have the ability to connect governments on a global scale. This is a reality once they have got all of these things in place, they can connect government, to government, to government - in all aspects.

Jones said that companies and the economies within which they operate will begin to see the impact of this by the end of 2015.

"They've now got a G20 enterprise architecture and this is only the beginning, more is going on. Labour, education, health, income, social statistics, environment, information society. Soon all the data structures of human endeavours will be mapped," she said.

"What we have to do is develop the concept of 'one world capability'. What this means is that business models are changing - they are going from intra-government, to inter-government, to ubiquitous-government.


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