This IDC Government Insights report elucidates how IDC Government Insights defines Smart Government and Smart Cities and describes the inter-relationship between the two concepts. Smart Government and Smart Cities are terms that are being used with increasing frequency, and there are important differences and similarities between the two concepts. Smart Government is focused on the business processes and technologies that ensure seamless information flow across government, while Smart Cities look to connect city systems to create a system of systems based on ICT and instrumentation infrastructure and Smart Government practices. "Both concepts are concerned with sustainable practices, both financial and environmental, and both use innovation in social media, mobility, Big data/analytics, and cloud computing to improve service delivery to citizens," says Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, director of the Smart Cities Strategies program. "Beyond the hype surrounding the terms, we believe these are real and measurable initiatives happening in government."
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