Digitization is finding its way into municipal government as well, slowly but surely. Experts estimate that ten to twenty percent of administrators already work electronically – from bookkeeping to digital archiving, and from the land registry to the fines and penalties office. But scepticism still reigns in many quarters. Cloud solutions can help.
Slow and Steady
Predictions claim that most municipalities will have gone digital within ten years. Some people might be asking themselves: why will it take so long? Haven’t we been talking about digital administration for ages already? We have, of course. But we can’t overlook the fact that politicians have to stand up for the costs and investment of digitization – and there’s not much tougher in these times of lean public coffers, especially if your promotion depends on staying in the good graces of the voters.
On-Demand: Slimmed Down and More Flexible
Cloud solutions may be a good path for these clients to get out of a dilemma that shouldn’t be underestimated. If they do nothing at all, their political opponents are likely to hold that stance against them. On the other hand, if they do start handing out money, they have to prove as quickly as possible that it’s been used well, and that the investment is paying off.
ECM From the Cloud Pays Off Quicker
That’s why cloud-based ECM solutions, in comparison to classic on-premise approaches, are practically made for this target audience. Initial investments and maintenance costs for hardware are eliminated. Implementation is faster. And the solution itself is just like the budget: slimmed down, with transparent costs that clearly relate to actual use. This means city chambers will find it much easier to stand up for their decision to digitize administration. The lower the initial investment costs, the quicker the community will see a return. The solution pays off even quicker.
A Return During Your Own Term? Why Not?
While earlier hardware or on-premise based solutions might have only paid off during the next or subsequent legislative terms in concrete euros and cents, politicians can now see returns even while they’re still in office. To reap the fruits of their labour, so to speak, in political terms. To do so, of course, they’ll have to sow their crops early…