ATLANTA -- The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) said it is building a single portal so a range government transactions and information are accessible at one Web site.

The state's portal will serve as a centralized resource for a wide range of government interactions, such as applying for a business or professional license; renewing a driver's license; accessing child care provider reports and physician profiles; and researching educational and recreational opportunities.

GTA will connect state agencies into the enhanced portal, using webMethods' Web services-based integration to offer one-stop shopping for government services and information. GTA officials said the portal is an important component of ensuring the effective use of IT resources throughout the state.

"As we mapped out the technical requirements for this initiative prior to selecting vendors, it was clear that integration would play a very important role in our ultimate success," said Gina Tiedemann, director, GeorgiaNet division, GTA. "We needed to partner with a company capable of providing a very robust architecture, not only to connect all of the state's resources, but ultimately, to also tie in federal and local resources. We have an aggressive vision for this portal."

Established by the Georgia legislature in July 2000, the Georgia Technology Authority is responsible for helping connect constituents to state government through information technology.

WebMethods was selected to work with GTA based on the flexibility of their offering, their pre-built adapters for integrating packaged applications and mainframes, and their adapter development kit for building new adapters.

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