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Accela, Inc., the leading provider of web- and cloud-based software for e-government, today opened its 2011 User Conference with a presentation by the company's CEO, who highlighted the emerging era of "m-government" -- in which smart phones, tablet PCs, and other mobile devices are opening up new methods of information sharing, worker empowerment and citizen engagement.
The Aug. 15-19 conference has drawn hundreds of government professionals from across the United States and overseas for speaker sessions, product demonstrations, networking opportunities, and dozens of hands-on training classes related to the company's Accela Automation(R) enterprise platform. This year's event features sponsors and exhibitors such as Esri, General Dynamics, Trimble Navigation, Motion Computing, Selectron, IK Consulting, Riva Modeling, and many more.
e-Government Becomes m-Government Urging attendees to "run amok with creativity" in how they perform their jobs and deliver services, Accela President and CEO Maury Blackman discussed how a new generation of role-based apps, connected to an enterprise cloud and accessible on any device, will lead to greater efficiency for governments -- and greater relevancy to and engagement by citizens. Blackman noted that nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population now owns smart phones, and many are leveraging multiple mobile devices and social-media tools to manage their lives and businesses -- leading to an expectation of anytime-anywhere information and interaction by both workers and the public.
"E-government is giving way to mobile government, or 'm-government,'" Blackman said. "Where e-government was about putting information and enabling certain processes on the web or mobile devices, m-government is about delivering productive, engaging experiences to workers and citizens alike. New mobile solutions and apps, coupled with new back-end and cloud-based technologies, are allowing us to optimize the user experience for the devices people are using, the exact places they're located, and the specific tasks they're trying to complete. m-Government will soon be a centerpiece of how government and citizens interact."
Blackman emphasized that "government is on the move" and cited examples of Accela's vision for how tailored apps, connected to an agency's mobile cloud, could streamline the worker and citizen experience.