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Smart city initiatives are important in the push for government transformation. Cities often limit themselves to small, targeted ad-hoc solutions, which rarely succeed. To address this, cities need a smart city strategy using a methodical approach.


  • To be successful, smart city initiatives need to have a well-thought out vision, as a recent Ovum global government survey clearly shows. The lack of an organization-wide strategy was identified by respondents as one of the top three inhibitors for digital government initiatives.

Features and Benefits

  • This report analyses the common approach to smart city initiatives, ad-hoc point solutions, and identifies the factors to consider in creating scalable long-term strategy.
  • Learn a framework to creating a smart city plan.

Key questions answered

  • What are the top smart city drivers?
  • What factors need to be considered in creating a smart city strategy?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

Smart cities need a well-articulated, wholistic plan in order to succeed

  • Ad-hoc solutions, though tempting, are not the answer
  • Successful smart cities follow organization-wide strategies

Use a robust process to create a strategic framework for a smart city

  • Identify which city-specific drivers need to be addressed
  • Focus on stakeholder engagement
  • Create the strategy
  • Implement lessons learned from others during the execution stage


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Authors

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