|By Business Wire||
|August 21, 2014 01:15 AM EDT||
Accenture (NYSE:ACN) has been awarded a one-year contract to help the Cabinet of the State Secretary for Civil Services and Modernisation of Public Services and Federal Public Service for Information and Communications Technology (Fedict) create a strategic information plan to improve government IT systems.
Fedict defines and implements the federal e-government strategy, helping federal public services improve portfolios and tailor them to meet the needs of the general public, businesses and civil servants. The IT strategy is part of the government’s continuing efforts to reduce costs and improve citizen services.
“We want citizens to be satisfied with the services provided by the federal government. Therefore, we need to optimize the impact of all our investments in e-government. The strategic Information plan that Accenture will deliver will challenge all institutions to share applications, investments and experiences. By collaborating, we can continue to improve our services despite the difficult budgetary context,” said Hendrik Bogaert, secretary of state for Civil Services and Modernization of Public Services.
Accenture will review all aspects of the communications and IT functions across 32 agencies in the federal government to identify projects, opportunities and estimated costs for a comprehensive strategic plan. The project will include:
- Developing and understanding the three-year IT strategy for each organization.
- Identifying areas for increased collaboration, within the federal government, by examining current and future portfolio needs across all agencies.
- Creating a roadmap to help Fedict bridge gaps between current and future plans.
“The Cabinet of the State Secretary and Fedict understand that collaboration and cost savings can be achieved by leveraging technology for delivering public service for the future and meeting the growing digital demands of Belgium’s citizens,” said Nitti Mardjan, who leads Accenture’s Health & Public Service work in Belgium. “Improving the way agencies share information further supports the federal government’s goal of developing an efficient e-government program.”
To determine citizens’ perceptions of digital government, Accenture surveyed 5,000 people in 10 countries, including Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom. The survey found that the majority of respondents (81 percent) would like their government to provide more services through digital channels and most, 64 percent, would like to use social media to engage with government.
Accenture’s previous work with the Belgian government includes the modernization of the Federal Public Services’ finance system (Coperfin Reform) and implementing a biometric identification system within the prison system.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 293,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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