Philippines set to improve customs administration with ICT solution

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The Bureau of Customs in the Philippines is spearheading an initiative that would spur ICT adoption within government organizations. The agency has recently partnered with Microsoft Philippines to streamline productivity in customs administration, ensure the security of data, and promote transparency.

Cloud technology for public sector innovation, said AWS

APACEnterprise Innovation — Many governments are in the process of implementing new digital technologies, from big data analytics to new citizen-centric services. Cloud technology has given government agencies the agility to deploy new resources quickly, experiment and innovate, deliver new solutions and lower operating costs.

G-Cloud enable intelligent government

APACTelecom Asia — The advancement of InfoCommunication and Media Technologies today has brought people closer. Cloud computing, smart phone, social media network and IoT have re-shaped the consumer landscape and lifestyle. This digital society transformation trend has created both opportunities and challenges for the Government.

Sydney Opera House partners with Adobe in digital transformation

AustraliaeGov Innovation — The Sydney Opera House has partnered with Adobe to implement its digital transformation project. Each year more than 8.2 million people visit the Opera House, Australia’s number-one tourist destination and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres. For many, the Opera House experience starts on a screen. Some will only visit virtually, others plan their first visit inside the sails, their next seat at a performance ora dining experience.

Philippine gov’t to develop budget, treasury management system with Globe

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The Philippine government has announced a partnership with Innove Commununications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom to develop a Budget and Treasury Management System (BTMS) that will make the annual budgeting process more transparent. The project involves the implementation and operation of a fiscal management solution which will be used by the Department of Budget and Management, as well as the Bureau of Treasury and Commission on Audit.

NSW sets whole-of-gov payments platform live, from AU

AustraliaIT news — The NSW government has flicked the switch on its new whole-of-government payments engine, with the state’s Roads and Maritime Services agency the first to jump on board. First announced just over a year ago, the NSW customer service agency, Service NSW, timed the release of the payments engine go-live with the arrival of its MyServiceNSW customer service portal earlier this month.

Hong Kong IT experts propose 10 smart city apps

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — In the Hong Kong Policy Address 2016, Chief Executive CY Leung proposed to develop Hong Kong into a “smart city.” It tasked the Innovation and Technology Bureau(ITB) to formulate a digital framework and standards under the initiative.

Hong Kong, India see big potential in tech cooperation

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — Hong Kong and India are set to broaden trade cooperation and see technology corporation as an area of great potential, according to CY Leung, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, who led the Hong Kong delegation to a business gathering hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) on Friday at the Shangri-La Eros Hotel in Delhi.

NSW govt launches its own myGov, from AU

AustraliaIT News — The NSW government has released its MyServiceNSW customer service portal to the public, offering citizens a one-stop online shop for interactions with government agencies. NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet first announced plans for the service – which is intended to offer the same “tell us once” functionality as the federal myGov portal – in July last year.

Shout it out cloud: why Australian CIOs should use cloud to transform

AustraliaComputer Weekly — CIOs in Australia, like everywhere else, must look at the cloud options available or face being left behind. The shift of government, in Australia and elsewhere, to ‘cloud-first’ models of operation has been so marked that the exception is no longer the company that is using the cloud, but the company that is not.

SA govt opens bids for major justice IT overhaul, from AU

AustraliaIT News — The South Australian government has opened the tender process for its $20 million overhaul of the state’s justice network, which will see a new statewide electronic case management system (ECMS) deployed in most courts.

SA govt to trial digital drivers’ licences, from AU

AustraliaIT News — The South Australian government is set to follow in the footsteps of New South Wales by running a trial of digital identity cards – including drivers’ licences – which can be displayed on a smartphone. The pilot program will see the state government issue digital tokens that are stored online and can be accessed from mobile devices, which it hopes will eventually supersede physical printed licences.

Singapore must mind the cracks in 2016

SingaporeZDNet — As Singapore ends a year marked by glitches in its transport and e-government infrastructures, its 2016 resolution must focus on identifying–and sealing–all potential cracks in the system. This will be especially critical as the country looks to increasingly tap personal data and Internet of Things (IoT) technology as part of the government’s smart nation strategy, as well as efforts to improve citizen welfare.

‘Digital India’: Top 10 initiatives announced by Centre

IndiaFinancial Express — At a ‘Good Governance’ event, focused around ‘Digital India’, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of Communications & Information Technology, announced several ‘Digital India’ related e-services and products. At the occasion, Prasad said, “Digital India is something we owe to the people of India.”. The event saw the inauguration of new 23 products / eServices to achieve ambitious project of Digital India. We take a brief look at the top 10:

Early IT adoption doesn’t mean Singapore e-gov systems need overhaul

SingaporeZDNet — Being an early adopter of technology, Singapore’s public sector may very well be susceptible to vulnerabilities inherent in legacy systems, but this does not mean the country’s e-government systems need a complete overhaul. David Koh, chief executive of Cyber Security Agency (CSA), explained that where cybersecurity was concerned, there were typically three key aspects to manage: usability, cost, and security.

Tax Office to spend $189m banishing the paper group certificate, from AU

AustraliaIT News — The days of the July handout of printed group certificates could be over after the Australian Tax Office received $189 million to push ahead with its single-touch payroll agenda. The government announced the funding for the project in its mid-year economic and fiscal outlook (MYEFO) today.

Countries Propose “Asian Open Data Alliance” to Welcome the Era of Data Economy

APACBusiness Wire — Governments around the world can all agree that Open Data increases government transparency and public participation, and serves as the foundation for innovative services when combined with the private sector’s creativity, which further creates economic value. The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Ministry of Economic Affairs held the “2015 Asia Pacific Open Data Summit” on the 14th, inviting representatives from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia to Taiwan to exchange experiences in developing Open Data.

Indonesia E-Government Dream Needs Troubleshooting

IndonesiaEstablishment Post — During his presidential campaign, Joko Widodo repeatedly vowed to implement an e-government system that would strengthen monitoring, improve accountability and ultimately curb corruption. Coming into his second year in term, the president is finding the task easier said than done, as Indonesia struggles to cope with a lack of technical and human support for its e-government plans.

Victorian govt super fund plans total shift to public cloud

AustraliaIT News — Victoria’s public sector superannuation manager is planning to move its IT infrastructure to the public cloud in a major overhaul triggered by the planned decommissioning of its two existing data centres. The state’s Emergency Services & State Super (ESSSuper) manages the retirement funds of roughly 141,000 public servants and emergency services workers.

CIO conversations: Hong Kong’s new GCIO talks history and vision

Hong KongEnterprise Innovation — Allen Yeung is just completing his first 100 days as Hong Kong’s new GCIO. He has taken the post after several years at Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks where he last served as chief corporate development officer – responsible for corporate strategic planning and market research in setting short-term to long-term corporation directions; global and Mainland strategic partnerships; and incubating innovative technology startup companies.

52% of Indian consumers ‘un-networked’: Study

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India has about 52% of consumers who spend the least amount of time on the internet even as 56% of them say it’s easier to find products and services online than through friends and family, a study by Swedish telecom gear-maker Ericsson said. According to a study by Ericsson ConsumerLab, 52% are in the un-networked group, one that carves out the least number of hours for the internet.

South Korea To Move 750 e-Government Services To Cloud Computing By 2017 For Improved and Cost-Efficient Public Service

KoreaKorea Portal — The South Korean government is planning to employ cloud computing technologies to improve its e-government services, banking on the country’s super-fast internet connectivity and stable LTE availability. South Korea’s Ministry of Science, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Future Planning said Tuesday that they are planning to move over 400 e-government services to the cloud by the end of 2015, and an additional 350 by the end of 2016, ZDNet noted Tuesday.

Australia to bring citizens’ health records online

AustraliaIT News — The Australian government has been given the go-ahead to create a digital health record for every Australian by default pending the success of trials of the model, after the bill for opt-out records passed the parliament today. The federal government introduced the e-health bill in September. It amends the existing personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) law to create a record for every Australian by default.

South Korea to move 60% of e-government services to cloud by 2017

KoreaSouth Korea is leveraging its hyper-fast connectivity and LTE penetration to e-government services, with more than 60 percent of them to be moved to cloud computing by 2017. The country will move over 400 e-government services to the cloud by the end of this year and another 350 by the end of 2016. Cloud computing employs a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than having a local server or a personal computer.

Government introduces new online statistics portal

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The Myanmar Information System (MMSIS), built by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) under the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development with help from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), aggregates information spanning subjects such as trade, investment, demographics and national income.

NSW to open real-time transport data to more developers, form AU

AustraliaIT News — Transport for NSW also plans to put together a select reference group of developers who will be offered early access to real-time data feeds via the open data hub to provide detailed feedback before it becomes available to all. At the moment, the Transport for NSW licenses access to its real-time transport data to just six app developers.

Cloud to have a bright future in Asian governments

APACMIS Asia — Asian governments are thus increasingly looking to leverage cloud to better connect with citizens and serve their needs. Since governments are increasingly told to do more with reduced budgets, cloud is an attractive proposition since it promises to help reduce operating costs while enabling an organisation to be agile.

Japan’s Kawaguchi City implements citywide municipal Ethernet fabric

JapanKawaguchi City, a municipality within the Greater Tokyo Area, is set to become the first local government administration worldwide to operate a single Ethernet fabric spanning all city offices.  By the end of the year, Brocade partner Net One Systems will install a pair of Brocade VDX 6740 switches in 22 Kawaguchi City locations, with a mesh of 40 Gbps Ethernet interconnections over the city’s own optical fiber cable infrastructure, combined with Brocade VCS Fabric technology to form a logical chassis that can be managed as a single switch.

China’s cabinet promotes online-offline business links

ChinaChannel News Asia — SHANGHAI: China’s State Council, or cabinet, has issued guidelines encouraging deeper links between online businesses and bricks-and-mortar stores, pledging to cut red tape and promote tax and financial support to make it happen. The guidelines, dated Sept. 18 and published late on Tuesday, were cast as a way to spur consumption and economic activity. They come at a time when China’s economic growth is at its slowest in years.

Cloud and Singapore’s journey to becoming a Smart Nation

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) wants to make Singapore the world’s first Smart Nation, and this vision means connecting devices, things and people to provide better quality of life in an era of mobility, urban density, aging population and so on.  IDA’s executive deputy chairman, Steve Leonard, has said that when tackling difficult urban challenges in areas such as healthcare and energy, enterprises in Singapore need to capture and analyze massive amounts of data, and use that situational awareness to take meaningful actions.