Three Tips to IT Savings with Open Data

Tip 1: Consolidate redundant data silos.

Most every IT organization is focused on consolidating its infrastructure. While virtualization can go a long way toward consolidating hardware resources, your open data platform can now help you address the redundant data and siloed application stacks that serve as interfaces to that data. This efficiency gain is based on a concept that is core to open data: data reuse as opposed to data duplication. The basic idea is you publish data one time, update it, and then quickly deploy multiple interfaces to that same data by leveraging APIs and ready-to-deploy Web and mobile apps.

Read more about this in Chapter 5, “The Data Plan.”

Tip 2: Use APIs to drive down the cost of mobile development.

Almost every government organization is looking for ways to make the citizen experience more mobile-friendly. Whether you decide to build custom mobile apps, or use third-party apps, API enabling your data will make mobile application development much faster and more efficient, especially for apps that surface real-time or near real-time data. In those cases, APIs are a must.

Tip 3: Eliminate legacy infrastructure by moving your data-sharing infrastructure to the cloud.

The speed, scale, and economics of moving your data sharing infrastructure to the cloud are too compelling to ignore. Eliminating redundant infrastructure and freeing up IT resources from the maintenance of it can create significant time savings. 

Peter Threlkel, director of the corporate division for the state of Oregon, describes how he saved $500,000 in IT costs by using the state’s open data platform.