By Greg Wilson
Regardless of flat spending across the European IT market, governments are still spending aggressively to develop online services.
European e-government spending is expected to continue rapidly during 2003. According to IDC, European e-government services will grow by 13% during 2003 to US$2.8 billion."In a soft IT market, e-government services are growing fast. From broadband to tax returns, this is an opportunity for service providers to transform Europe's public services,” says IDC senior research analyst, James Weir.IDC identifies Ireland as a leading country in the delivery of ‘sophisticated’ e-government services. This position has been achieved as a result of the implementation of a number of full transactional services that are available in Ireland, such as online payments of tax, VAT, customs and social contributions.However, Ireland still has to tackle a number of e-government areas including the preparation of citizens for e-government opportunity.ITP is hosting an e-government road show throughout the region from 22nd of February until the 26th February. The road show will highlight the challenges facing local e-government projects, including change management headaches and the marketing of online services. For more information visit: www.itp.net/events/e-government.