Romania is still on the rail file system, digitalization being far from us. Of the completed digitization projects, with application in the Romanian public sector, a total of only 5% are actually used and continue to be developed and benefit from maintenance services.
According to an analysis by OVES Enterprise, a Romanian software development company, established in 2015 in Cluj-Napoca, the cumbersome procedure, bureaucracy, lack of specialists for project analysis, long duration of the tender procedure and the resolution of possible appeals, long duration of project implementation means that, on average, a digitization project takes more than five years, from the beginning of the documentation to the completion of the implementation.
“During this period, the project is either no longer of interest, or the technology on which it is based has become obsolete or the Government has changed, and the priorities are different than 5 years ago. That is, if a project ends up being completed. Most of the time, however, the lack of interest is the main factor that hinders the start of digitization projects in the public sector “, says Mihai Filip, CEO of OVES Enterprise. “For example, we have sent 50 e-mails to 50 of the most important local administrations in Romania, in which we offer to provide city halls, free of charge, consulting services for digitization projects. So far, I have not received any response, no replay to emails “, adds Mihai Filip.
Digitization, a beautiful dream in Romania
Compared to us, the public sector in Western Europe is much more digital. There, many institutions are completely digitized: town halls, police stations, etc. Moreover, the procedures are simplified, so that the projects can be implemented as soon as possible.
Mihai Filip adds that in Germany they have a tender, for example, which involves the winning projects to be implemented in a maximum of one year, after which they are further developed: “We were involved here in developing a surveillance, management and analysis application infectious diseases, which allows countries to monitor outbreaks, follow-up cases and contacts and maintain an overview of general figures and statistics, with the participation of several public health institutions, such as hospitals, laboratories, surveillance officers, etc. ” .
In Romania, digitalization in the public sector relies heavily on process automation. The focus is also on data collection and analysis, and contracts are usually large, won by a consortium of companies (integrators) that turn to technology partners (subcontractor) for development.