LONDON: The former US government chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, has praised the UK government's open data initiative and the work of Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude in driving this project.
Speaking at Salesforce.com's annual Cloudforce event to a small number of journalists, Kundra, the executive vice president of emerging markets Salesforce, said the push by the government to provide data back to the public had clear benefits.
"I'm a huge fan of the open data initiative. It democratises data by shifting it away from a government command and control set-up and returns it to citizens, who can then innovate and create applications as well as holding the government accountable," he said
Kundra also revealed he will meet with Maude on Wednesday to discuss some of the wider technological issues driving government's delivery of services such as healthcare and public services.
"He's [Maude] done some great work in making sure that citizens are getting what they for and serving the interest of the public, rather than continuing IT projects that are wasteful and don't deliver value."
He explained that in his previous role within the White House Kundra had seen how "billions of dollars can be wasted on IT projects". He said governments, as well as businesses, had to embrace the benefits of cloud computing over on-premise models.
"I believe that what needs to happen is a move away from a culture of asset ownership, where government entities or private sector want to build and own assets across the board," he added.
Earlier at the event, Salesforce announced new tools for its Chatter platform, including an instant messager client and screen-sharing updates.
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