Platform engineering for German administrative digitization


Government as a Platform Engineering (GaaPEng) is concerned with the potential of platform approaches for German administrative digitization, with a focus on the implementation of the Online Access Act (OZG). The short study being produced as part of the project is intended to provide a blueprint for the platformization of the administrative infrastructure in Germany and thus accelerate the "coming to the surface" of e-government.

Project description

The digitization of administrative services goes hand in hand with the demand for greater usability and efficiency. The basis for this is the networking of existing IT systems at all federal levels. Without a systematic approach, however, this networking results in complexity and makes it more difficult to manage the overall system.

A frequently practiced approach to managing complex IT systems is the use of platform structures and principles. Under the term "Government as a Platform" (GaaP), the approach is also successfully used in the public sector (e.g., in the United Kingdom, Estonia and Italy).

But what are the concrete design options for GaaP in Germany? GaaPEng addresses this question in cooperation with practice partners from Germany and with the help of the analysis of successful examples from other European countries. The findings will result in a blueprint for the platformization of the administrative infrastructure in Germany, which will be recorded in the form of a short study.

Research contribution

The results create the basis for IT strategists and decision-makers in Germany to more easily apply the platform approach and thus leverage its potential. This will contribute to user-friendly and efficient administration and to accelerating OZG implementation beyond 2022.

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