Legacy systems hamper creativity in collaboration

ImageIn this podcast by Code for America, Fellow Alicia Rouault laments legacy IT systems and shares what she is doing to help bring some ‘Bay Area innovation’ to city government.

Despite savvy individuals that I’m convinced do work in city government, these leaders are faced with undeniable challenges that prove difficult to maneuver around — no matter the know-how. Real problems lie in legacy systems. The repetitious processes that don’t connect the “task” with the “why” — combined with massive lay-offs and retirement — have brought us into a civic era that inherited systems no one knows how to run (or why they’re running them). These systems have contributed to a disastrous siloing of information and tech infrastructure we cringe at: fixed, flammable information that you can’t easily share or distribute.


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