What is this section for?
Are there assigned experts?
Can one register on the list?
Welcome to the LG ICT Network!
This section should provide an open space for discussions around every aspect of ICT in LG. The idea is a rather informal & unbureaucratic exchange about ICT Solutions, first hand experience with different systems (just as you did in your post here), and so on.
Informal and unbureaucratic means in this regard:
If something comes to your mind, just post it. No need for fine grinding your words, and produce a entire article/text. We plan to have a BLOG Function, that feeds into our homepage, which is open for everybody as well / but rather meant for small articles.
Here in this Forum you might just as well throw a question or problem, if your came accross something., and want to bounce it with the community...
First and foremost it is meant to be a space for peer discussions and peer support. The idea behind that is, that all the municipal IT managers are experts in different fields of ICT. Somebody could have experience with mailserver, others with DMS and so on. So the expertise comes from within the community.
Nevertheless there is a need for external input through specialists, and we plan to have something like experts available for Question & Answer Sessions releated to specific topics in ICT for fixed timeframes.
Okay / that is our idea for the forum so far. As this portal is still in development, everything is in flow and discussion / and we are open for suggestions!
Christian Zange | Advisor for ICT & Development, Network Facilitator for the LGICT Network
South African Local Government Association (SALGA) | Skype: christianzz
Coming from the private sector and now being in local government, I have found that external "experts" are not always the best suited for local government. The input are very valuable, but being in the position of knowing both sides, as a provider and now a "client", the external experts are normally giving advise that are based on their own business interests. Example, a company who partners with DELL, will always show out and give advise in terms of DELL systems, while LENOVO might have similar features at lower costs and maybe even better support. A Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, will never endorse a product like CLEAROS (proxy) which is opensource and free. They would point out the negatives and maybe suggest Forefront TMG...
What I am trying to say is that getting external advise should be a fairly transparent and openly debated process. They goal of LGICT should maybe focus on the sharing of information and experience in already implemented and working local government environments.
The IT Manager from municipality A is requesting info about the implementation of a directory service, so I think the best answer is managers from other municipalities sharing their implementations, rather than a "Microsoft partner gloating about their market share and that 80% of municipalities use it, etc. etc."
I have build many IT divisions not by taking advice from external service providers, but through engaging with my peers and learning from them... No reinventing the wheel.
Greetz - make IT happen
I absolutly agree with you! Our ultimate goal is, to have service providers rated by the community of local government practicioneers. So peer support is key and transparency about who is taking part in a discussion also is key.
Thanks for your input!
OK. So how do you mark a thread as "answered" in this forum? Or do all threads stay open indefinately?
Camdeboo Municipality | Cacadu District | Eastern Cape
Tel: 049 807 5859 | Cell: 076 099 0163 | Skype:&n