Faced with tight budgets and restricted sources, municipalities are being pressured to do extra with much less. Without partnerships, local governments don’t stand an opportunity in modernizing their companies to put together for the longer term. 

One of the information supplied by Justin Rutley, director of buyer success for Edmonton-based municipal companies supplier MuniSight, is to talk with neighbouring municipalities and participate in alphas to deal with particular issues.

“We’re five municipalities in a beta. These are things that are the nice-to-haves, but let’s focus on use cases,” Rutley defined throughout a panel dialogue about partnerships in local authorities. “When you focus on use cases, everyone in that group can go ‘oh, we’re all actually trying to do the same thing.’ It allows us to tailor a product that works for everyone.”

“We’re five municipalities in a beta. These are things that are the nice-to-haves, but let’s focus on use cases. When you focus on use cases, everyone in that group can go ‘oh, we’re all actually trying to do the same thing.’ It allows us to tailor a product that works for everyone.”

Making his second look at Technicity, Roy Tal, chief know-how officer at Visual Defence Inc., mentioned there’s been a major improve in the variety of municipalities in collaborating in pilots.

“What I get out of that experience as a municipality, is I get to be educated on certain technology for free,” he mentioned. “And it allows me and the rest of my team to start assessing our use case and plan better.”

The partnership panel featured: Moderator • Samantha Liscio, 2020 CIO of the Year, Public Sector Panellists • Dr. Barb Carra, President and CEO, Cybera • Roy Tal, CTO, Visual Defence Inc. • Justin Rutley, Director of Customer Success, MuniSight • Darin Young, President, MISA BC

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Panel moderator Samantha Liscio, 2020 CIO of the Year, public sector, addressed the elephant in the room when asking panellists to clarify the influence distant work has had on networking. Prior to the pandemic that’s pressured hundreds of local governments to function remotely, municipalities – or at the least, the one IT admin who bought to go to these occasions – attended in-person workshops, attended neighbouring occasions and bodily tradeshows. 

That’s not the case, and Rutley says it’s meant that just about everybody in township workplaces are snug with collaboration software program – he cited Microsoft Teams as one of many extra outstanding platforms current in local authorities workplaces.

But in accordance to panellist Dr. Barb Carra, president and CEO at Cybera, remote-everything solely works you probably have an web connection and {hardware} to run collaboration software program on. It’s the 12 months 2021 however the unhappy actuality is that not everyone seems to be on an equal footing.

“It’s actually harder for a lot of people,” Carra mentioned. “That digital barrier is only growing. When you move everything online and deliver education online, those people who aren’t able to connect are at a huge disadvantage.”

Panellist Darin Young, president, MISA (Municipal Information Systems Association) B.C. concurred. 

“We’re having a fairly large public hearing tonight in the city. It’s entirely virtual,” described Young, who can also be the CIO for the City of Delta, Alta. A public listening to that everybody can tune into and participate in on-line? What might be less complicated? Not so quick.

“From a demographic perspective, I think our demographic leans mostly to seniors in our community. They’re not very familiar with this type of technology. It’s been a real learning curve for them. In some ways, it’s moved government and democracy further away than it should be. These are trying times and we’ll get through this, but it’s certainly a limitation of the technology.”

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