Companies perform better when governments actively invest in a climate that lets innovation thrive, according to research conducted by Accenture. What appears from this research is that innovation rich countries have a strong competitive position compared to innovation low countries. Digitalization is one of the drivers of innovation.
To gain more insight, I interviewed two Dutch executives of different government agencies on how they believe digitalization in the public sector will develop in upcoming years. The executives surveyed, Ron Kolkman and Simon Sibma, are both jury members for the Accenture Innovation Awards 2014.
Ron Kolkman - CIO at Het Kadaster.
According to Ron Kolkman governments will embrace digital rapidly.
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“Anyone who is employed by the government realizes that digital is the future. The developments go very rapidly and the impact (for public services) will be huge, which moreover is the case already. The reason why the impact is so great is that all the fundaments of the state are affected by digitalization.”