From November 10th to 11th, this year’s autumn general meeting of VITAKO, the federal working group of municipal IT service providers, took place in Sulzbach (Hessen). Important strategic association topics such as the administration of the future were discussed after the future of IT service providers had already been in focus in the spring. Lectures on cyber security and green IT provided exciting insights.
In the formal part, the general meeting decided on the annual financial statements for 2021, approved the actions of the board and thanked them for the work they had done. In the substantive part, the plenum developed an initial vision of the digital administration of the future in four workshop groups. This serves as the basis for a strategic overall picture for the association with regard to changing framework conditions, work processes and requirements on the part of local government and is constantly being further developed. This “look inwards and from the outside” complements the discussion about the future of service providers held in spring 2022 under the title “Quo vadis”.
On the second day, two technical lectures by Manuel Atug, founder and speaker of AG KRITIS, (topic “Resilient administration in times of crisis”) and Marina Köhn, computer scientist at the Federal Environment Agency, (“Sustainable digitization and green IT”) were on the agenda.
In his presentation, Manuel Atug showed that the public administration and its specialist procedures are not only critical for their own functionality, but also for the population and reported on the criminal structures behind the incidents. “Professionally organized gangs illegally offer ‘ransomware as a service’ services based on various business models.”
Marina Köhn referred to the current coalition agreement and the mandate formulated therein: “Sustainable digitization in municipal IT: please climate-neutral from 2027.” The exponential growth in data volumes continues to increase power requirements despite improved energy efficiency. Cloud-based data centers would not change that compared to traditional data centers. Energy efficiency is a key parameter for sustainable data center operation. In her presentation, she recommends certification with the “Blue Angel”, an environmental label that goes far beyond the usual PuE (Power Usage Effectiveness).
In the future, Vitako, together with its members, will devote itself to the topic of “sustainable data centers”. The plenum met with the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Rolf Bayer and Managing Director Dr. Ralf Resch agreed: Data centers must be enablers for climate protection and, as addressees of climate protection measures, promote sustainable digitization in Germany.
Vitako is the federal working group of municipal IT service providers and more than 50 data centers, software and service companies with more than 20,000 employees pool their know-how within Vitako. Overall, the Vitako members look after around 750,000 IT jobs in more than 10,000 municipalities.
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