The economic crisis, the increasing aging of the population and a strong social call for transparency. Important challenges that the public sector is confronted with. The government, moreover, is pushing hard to also reduce government expenditure. Better operational management is an important key to an efficient and decisive government.
The field of work of the public sector is becoming ever more complex. Daily reality is sometimes diametrically opposed to plans for the long term. In addition, the sector must always search for the balance between the importance of the individual citizen and that of society as a collective group. The call from society for transparency with regard to public administration and social organisations is on the increase. Governance and measurable policy results are more important than ever before. Themes such as administrative innovation and quality improvement demand much time and energy.
Reducing government expenditure is high on the list of priorities of the government in the Netherlands because of the economic crisis and the increasing aging of the population. Ministries, provinces, municipalities and regional water authorities have been given the instruction to save more than 6 billion euros between 2011 and 2015. Operational management, in particular, must be improved considerably in order to realise this. The Dutch Compact Government implementation programme provides an elaboration on how people believe that a small, efficient and decisive government can be achieved. Doing more with fewer people is the motto. The number of civil servants is, for example, being reduced in all layers of government. In addition, people should work more efficiently and effectively by setting up Shared Service Organisations, scrapping duplicate activities at executive services and regulatory authorities and further automating a large number of processes involving citizens and companies.
Costs saving through efficiency
We help authorities and public organisations in achieving the set tasks by making procurement and (e-)invoicing processes more efficient and transparent both internally and between organisations. This will ensure that the costs that are related to these processes can be reduced considerably. Various public organisations have been able to realise important costs saving by deploying our solutions the last few years. Not just ministries that participate in the Dutch Electronisch Bestellen en Factureren (EBF) project (Paying and Invoicing Electronically) but also regional water authorities and municipalities.