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Digitalization of Swedish Government Agencies: A Perspective Through the Lens of a Software Development Census
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, ICT, SICS.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7879-4371
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, ICT, SICS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2933-1925
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, ICT, SICS.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2017-7914
IMT Business School, France.
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Society, 2018, p. 37-46Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Software engineering is at the core of the digitalization of society. Ill-informed decisions can have major consequences, as made evident in the 2017 government crisis in Sweden, originating in a data breach caused by an outsourcing deal made by the Swedish Transport Agency. Many Government Agencies (GovAgs) in Sweden are rapidly undergoing a digital transition, thus it is important to overview how widespread, and mature, software development is in this part of the public sector. We present a software development census of Swedish GovAgs, complemented by document analysis and a survey. We show that 39.2% of the GovAgs develop software internally, some matching the number of developers in large companies. Our findings suggest that the development largely resembles private sector counterparts, and that established best practices are implemented. Still, we identify improvement potential in the areas of strategic sourcing, openness, collaboration across GovAgs, and quality requirements. The Swedish Government has announced the establishment of a new digitalization agency next year, and our hope is that the software engineering community will contribute its expertise with a clear voice.

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2018. p. 37-46
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census, digital government, public sector, software engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-36443DOI: 10.1145/3183428.3183434Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053889481OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-36443DiVA, id: diva2:1266280
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40th International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Society Gothenburg, Sweden — May 27 - June 03, 2018
Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-01-07Bibliographically approved

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