(17.10.2019) The Federal Association of Municipal IT Service Providers, Vitako, has drafted a discussion paper on the digital architecture of federal municipalities. Among other things, it includes an overview of the status quo and presents the framework conditions for strategic development.
The Federal Association of Municipal IT Service Providers, Vitako, has published a discussion paper on the architecture of municipal digitization. On the basis of a proposal from the Federal IT Cooperation (FITKO), the OZG working group of Vitako provides an overview of the current state of the federal IT architecture, says the introduction of the document. This first deals with the FITKO concept "Federal Platform for Integration and Development". Vitako sees it as an innovative contribution to the development of existing digitization platforms. According to Vitako, a solution should be realized here, because the design of the user interface is made adaptable to local designs. Reuse beyond the boundaries of the portal or the ability to scale online services must also be specified. Proposals for routing and handling messaging errors to various specialized procedures and registers are also in great demand. Similarly, according to Vitako, there is a lack of proposals on how the definition and continuation of the federal IT architecture can be organized. For municipalities, it depends on the ability to integrate existing solutions. According to Vitako, standards-compliant models must be established for the creation and reuse of basic components and application procedures.
Integrate existing solutions
In the second point, Vitako takes a position on the state of administrative scanning and draws attention to the existing digitization platforms that IT service providers are developing and operating. Questions now arise about the first results of the digitization labs. If and what problems arise in the reuse of online services nationwide and what concrete solutions are needed, it is currently not visible. Vitako expects that much of the results will require interfaces with existing back-end services. Concrete national requirements for the further development of national standards for interfaces between newly emerging fronts and existing back-ends are still largely lacking. There is also a lack of transparency about who is involved in which digitization labs and which ensures the reuse of scan lab results. "Before any new development, it is necessary to evaluate the existing solutions to meet their needs.Here, municipal IT service providers should be much more involved, because they have the necessary know-how," says the summary document .
Principles, work packages, roles
In addition, the discussion paper discusses framework conditions for the further development of the digitization architecture of federal municipalities. As principles, Vitako calls the principle of users first, open collaboration or iterative development. Municipal investments also need to be protected in existing digitization frameworks. The Federal Association also lists the work packages leading to the digitization architecture. He also needed clear roles and a well-known global organizational structure. Vitako explains how such a structure could be structured: local umbrella organizations act as constituents, municipal IT service providers are in project management, FITKO could coordinate framework conditions, rules and interfaces, and the Computer planning board could support the creation of experimental rooms. Specialized municipal procedure associations also suggest Vitako. Subsequently, Vitako presents a step-by-step plan for the federal digital scanning architecture and finally advocates for municipal governance of the federal digitization architecture. (Ve)
Vitako position paper on the digitization architecture of federal municipalities (PDF, 883 KB) (deep link)
Tags: Politics, Vitako, Law on Online Access (OZG), FITKO