August 31, 2001 By Steve Towns
On the Horizon
With the initial portal up and running, California IT officials have shifted attention to populating the site with new e-government services. The state recently created a $10 million fund designed to finance innovative projects and IT policymakers are promoting the concept that future e-government applications must be quickly installed and easily shared among agencies and ready to grow.
Baheti said the portal eventually will house a series of central applications to handle core tasks such as payment processing, permitting and licensing, and forms management for agencies throughout the state. "Theres no reason to build these systems over and over again, which is what we do now," he said.
Cortez insists the unified approach taken with Y2K and the initial portal development will continue as Californias e-government efforts evolve.
"In the past, systems were developed myopically for a program solution. They were not cross-cutting," he said. "That old, stovepipe methodology is going away."
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