Traditionally, local governments in the United States have not had the clout to be able to mandate how the software applications they use are to progress. This leads to jurisdictions having to settle for what a vendor wants to include in their application and also to pay annual maintenance fees to each vendor for the on-going upgrades from them.
As a result, jurisdictions have to pay every year for what they are using, while often not getting what they really need to run their operations. The maintenance fees charged by most software vendors only include updates and a very narrow scope of support to the entire system being used. In addtion to these costs, jurisdictions must set asside money for the inevitable next upgrade or complete system change.
The discussions and postings on this page are directed at providing an alternative to this process. Over the life of the dicsussions, ideas and concepts that can free local jurisdictions from this never ending software cost trap will be discussed, outlined, and presented to the community as a whole. The concepts are not earth shattering, but can have a major impact on large and especially small jurisdictions across the country.
The discussions will be presented in a progressive set of blog categories that will start with the overview of the concept and then delve into all the various aspects and complications of that concept. It is greatly hoped that both citizens and members of the jurisdictions will participate in the discussions.
The ultimate goal of this site is to create a plan that can be adopted by a significant number of the jurisdictions in the United States for the creation and long-term development of the applications needed to run our local governments. Please spread the word and add your relevant comments to each of the blogs.
Please do not attempt to post any spam or advertising comments on this site, all postings will be human reviewed and any commercial posts will be deleted before anyone sees them. Instead, make comments on how changes to your local government can improve your business operations. Become part of the solution, not part of the problem in forming a solution.
Please feel free to read the "Blog", register and contribute your ideas, thoughts, and comments about this movement. The "Blog Categories" to the right have all the postings in progression as the movement is expanded. So check those regularly for new sections and comments left by others.