Georgia portal driven by Sun
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Mar 06, 2002
Georgia officials recently signed a $7.3 million contract with Sun Microsystems
Inc. to develop an enterprise portal that uses a Web services architecture
that will mean greater interoperability among state agencies and integration
of current applications.
Sun's Web services architecture allows use of XML (Extensible Markup
Language) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), enabling the state to
integrate and link its legacy systems, rather than replace them. The platform
also allows the state to use new standards-based products and emerging technologies
from other vendors.
As is the trend among portals, Georgia's will be intentions-based for
residents and businesses meaning it will be organized around services
and information that users want rather than agency-based.
Several Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety applications are
being developed in conjunction with the portal. A projected 400,000 residents
are expected to use driver's license renewal applications online and
via interactive voice response channels slated for a July launch.
Other DMV applications include being able to take a written driver's
test, renew tags and check traffic conditions. Sun selected Atlanta-based
EzGov Inc., which specializes in technology for governments, to provide
the motor vehicle applications.
"We're trying to demonstrate how the portal can change the way average
people do business with state government," said Michael Clark, spokesman
for the Georgia Technology Authority (www.gagta.com),
which awarded the bid. "And because of the frustration that's been voiced
in newspapers and in television reports about the long lines at driver's
license offices, that was an almost obvious first step for it."
Through a complex bidding process that had 38 bidders competing in 21
categories, Sun emerged the winner with the highest technical score in 16
of the 17 categories in which it competed. The contract includes $5.6 million
for integration services and $1.7 million for 11 Sun software products.
In a second phase, GTA has requested $8.7 million to help caseworkers
from state and local governments and nonprofit agencies better deliver children
and family services through a seamless system, according to a press release.
In other state portal news, Gwinnett County (www.co.gwinnett.ga.us) in Georgia launched a new site, developed by BroadVision Inc., as part of a five-year IT initiative to deliver more e-government services to its residents.
New Mexico (www.state.nm.us) recently selected
Vignette Corp., in collaboration with IBM Global Services, to develop a
constituent-centered portal that will be rolled out in several phases. The
state also will develop an open platform.