Estonia has been good in implementing the e-Government system. We have been the first in the world in starting to use some of the technical solutions in the public sector. Thus we already have the experience that many countries still lack.
The efficient functioning of the e-Government system requires an innovative reorganisation of the functioning of the government; it requires motivated leadership and also users with awareness and necessary technical possibilities and skills.
Besides these important moments, every e-service is still based on a specific information technology solution. There are many such solutions developed in Estonia, by many good Estonian ICT enterprises. Often good results have been achieved in co-operation between local and international ICT enterprises. One good example of this is the Skype program written in Tallinn.
Information and communication technology is the bloodstream for creating innovation in other industries. Taking information technology into use in economy brought about a revolution, but today a revolution lies in every service or product that is made in a new way by using IT and is made available to a wider consumer base – there is no point in inventing the bicycle several times. There is an indeterminable, but still clear difference – everyone can change the world of many people with a smart idea.
Estonia has an ambitious information society development plan prepared for the next five years, until the year 2013. The goals of Estonia tomorrow are to develop e-business environment, with one of the keywords being developing paperless accountancy system and implementing a wider electronic ID solution, and also to teach people, thus increasing the awareness of users and the security of the services.
Although the IT solutions of the public sector cannot always be put into numbers, it is always easier to prepare a new solution if you can lean on earlier creations and use the experience gathered.
The Demo Centre is implemented exactly for finding new ideas for next developments by looking at what has already been created, for finding new co-operation opportunities and, why not, also for implementing existing creations in new fields.