Microsoft is working with Accenture to offer standardised technology 'blueprints' to European governments.
According to the software giant, the IT templates - which are based on .Net technology - are customisable sets of software, strategies and best practices tailored to the needs of public sector organisations.
Currently, blueprints are available from Accenture in seven categories: justice and public safety, e-government, education, human services, tax and revenue, enterprise management and postal.
The public sector blueprints have been aggregated from customer implementations which Microsoft and Accenture have carried out across government agencies in Europe.
Microsoft claimed that with these blueprints, government agencies have an alternative to building one-of-a-kind systems from the ground up as they can use the templates to develop proven infrastructures that can be deployed more quickly for less cost.
"Accenture and Microsoft are working together to assist governments in their aspiration to be more efficient, saving time and money while at the same time targeting government resources on measurable results that citizens value," said Mark Younger, partner in the government operating unit at Accenture, in a statement.
Redmond explained that its collaboration with Accenture and other consultants and public sector systems integrators was also creating "repeatable solutions" that were being offered to organisations across Europe, including smaller governmental agencies with limited funding.
"Microsoft has traditionally been associated with large-scale development projects for well-funded government agencies in Europe, but the fact is that governments of all sizes face similar challenges," said Pete Hayes, vice president, public sector, Microsoft EMEA, in a statement.
"The solution blueprints developed with Accenture are giving organisations access to proven, pre-configured technology solutions and best practices."
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