Thursday, December 8, 2016

Top 100 GovTech Influencers and Brands Creating the Operating System of Government!

“GovTech is the operating system of government!” 


“GovTech is a rapidly expanding industry across the globe that has an engaging, collaborative, inspiring community of individuals within government, nonprofits and private industry who all share the commonality of employing new and existing technologies to improve the lives of citizens."

GovTech is generally defined as the technology infrastructure that government departments use to do their internal work or deliver services to their “customers” ie. citizens.

With 89,000+ government entities at just the local level and 22 Million civil servants nationwide, the diversity of technology tools used to operate the “business” of government is extremely broad. Government uses technology to manage internal projects and procurement, to track infrastructure, to regulate zoning — to name just a few examples. Government also uses external/citizen-facing tools to deliver health care, collect taxes/fees, to issue licenses and permits, to convene citizens, to manage water and sewer, and on and on…

On the other end of the continuum,  “civictech” is generally defined as the technology infrastructure that people use to do their “job” of being a citizen. As the citizen “operating system”, civictech includes technologies that, for example, enable citizens to connect with their member of congress, gather support for a petition, organize one’s community around an important cause, organize a local park cleanup, etc.

Onalytica recently published a report detailing the GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands.

We are very excited to report the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) is identified as #91 among the Top 100 GovTech Brands, and CPBB CCO Erik Fabian is among the Top 100 GovTech Influencers. 

The Need for Online Priority Based Budgeting

At the beginning of 2015, over 80 communities across North America have implemented Priority Based Budgeting (PBB), impacting over 11 million citizens across the US and Canada. Now in 2016, over 130 cities, counties, school districts and special districts will be practicing PBB, using the process and tools to reshape the way all of a community’s resources are leveraged to achieve Results, and inviting citizens further into an authentic role of influence and participation. 

In 2008, CPBB Co-founders Chris Fabian and Jon Johnson had one simple plan: bail out Jefferson County, Colorado, from their multi-million dollar deficit. The roots of PBB came to life to fulfill that mission.

By 2009/2010, ICMA, GFOA, NLC and the Alliance for Innovation urged the two to broaden their ability to serve many local governments surviving the Great Recession. The Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) was created “to produce a replicable and scalable methodology and tool set for all local governments” to use.

Entering 2016, over 130 communities had implemented PBB. CPBB's mission had evolved to “serving as many organizations as possible, as effectively and swiftly as possible” and our processes and tools evolved to fulfill that purpose.

Enter the "Tech" in CPBB's "GovTech Solutions...

In order to do that, ResourceX was created to provide an online platform that dramatically reduced the time an organization spent “implementing PBB,” enabling leaders to shift their focus to “using PBB data to make actionable change.” And the dramatically evolved OnlinePBB toolset has made the data immediately actionable – literally pointing leaders directly to their opportunity areas for dramatic resource re-allocation.

As Jamie Rouch from the City of Branson, Missouri put it, the evolution of the PBB Master Plan has necessarily shifted from helping communities “implement PBB, to using PBB data to make change!

Our scalable and replicable online priority based budgeting platform, powered by ResourceX proprietary software, allows organizations to exhibit their dedication to financial transparency and accountability to their citizens by optimizing their approach to allocating their precious resources to the outcomes that matter most and impact their community to the highest degree.

ResourceX was founded to grow the community of priority based budgeting by enabling organizations with the best possible tools and training. As the community grows, and more organizations adopt this best practice, all will benefit as resources are allocated to the greater good, and results are achieved.

Online Priority Based Budgeting was created to meet the needs of a rapidly increasing user community:
   1.)   implementing the process in an efficient and intuitive, web-based platform,

   2.)   sustaining and evolving your work over several years, and

   3.)   transparently sharing the outcomes of your work, internally within the organization, and externally with citizens



The Creation of Online PBB Budgeting

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting has teamed with Resource Exploration to build the process of PBB into an online application. Resource X brings experience in database and web design needed to facilitate this transformation.

Enabling the Full Potential of Priority Based Budgeting

Online PBB allows for easier access, and provides an intuitive user-interface for staff, elected officials and citizens alike! Enjoy all the same functionality of the Excel version. Filter by Community vs. Governance, by Accounting Fund, by Department/Division, by Budgeting Perspective, and by Basic Program Attributes and Results. Generate program lists based on any combination of PBB criteria. Additionally, you can elect to view comparable data from organizations of similar population and budget size. Know what your organization does, what it costs, and its value.

The CPBB is thrilled and proud to be included in the Top 100 Influencers and Brands along with so many other talented and innovative companies striving to make an impact on governance and citizen satisfaction. Please read the full article below.


Regardless of your political leanings and whether you advocate for more or for less government, governments play a central role in organizing and delivering services that citizens cannot do on their own, like building and maintaining infrastructures, organising transportation or offering health services. GovTech is how the nascent ecosystem of startups and tech companies aiming to digitalise government are known. Transforming the public sector to offer new public services and make it more efficient, fast and more transparent and ease the communication between government and its citizens. In the end, the public sector will  bring all their services online, in a more transparent and cost-effective way.

The government is eager to explore new technologies like artificial intelligence, internet of things and blockchain. Startups that solve critical ethical points for government employees will be the beneficiaries and govtech will prove to be one of the biggest market opportunities hiding in plain sight. Governments around the world spend $400 billion on IT and software each year to help improve agility and reduce bureaucracy.

Onalytica - GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands


Onalytica -GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Evan KirstelEvan Kirstel - Entrepreneur and Social Media Business Strategist at

Technology moves faster than government, and if government wants to take advantage of the all the opportunity and innovation happening in tech, then it needs to find a new middle ground between the Crazy cycles of the market in the tech sector and the sluggish, innovation-stifling ways of traditional government bureaucracy. It’s exiting following innovative startups partnering with thought leaders and change makers in the government to push traditional boundaries. A great time to follow the #Govtech space!

Onalytica -GovTech Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Lisa AbeytaLisa Abeyta – Founder and CEO at APPCityLife Inc.

GovTech is a rapidly expanding industry across the globe that has an engaging, collaborative, inspiring community of individuals within government, nonprofits and private industry who all share the commonality of employing new and existing technologies to improve the lives of citizens. It seems only natural that this global community would gravitate to global networks like Twitter where we can all learn from innovators in other countries, explore ideas, challenge assumptions and establish relationships with others who are also focused on using tech for good to improve government and the communities they serve.


We were interested in seeing which topics were spoken of the most in the context of GovTech, so we analysed tweets and blogs from the top 100 influencers and brands between 1st January – 5th December 2016 and counted the number of times various topics were mentioned to create a topic share of voice pie chart:

The most popular topic mentioned in tweets and blogs by the top future of work influencers was Innovation with a 25% share of voice, illustrating how most of the influencers think Government needs more technical innovation. Startups was second with a 17% share of voice reflexing GovTech is a new sector and most of the companies working on this space are small Startups.  IoT and Big Data were the 3rd most popular topics both receiving 16% of all mentions among the top GovTech influencers and brands. The next most popular topic was AI with a 7% Share of Voice. Health and Cloud received a 5% share of voice. Meanwhile, Smart City, Open Data and Leadership got 3% of all mentions.


We were very interested in seeing which brand and individuals were leading the discussion around GovTech, so we analysed over 390K tweets mentioning the key words: govtech OR “” OR “gov tech” OR ((“public services” OR public services OR “transport service” OR transportservice OR “transport services” OR transportservices OR “health service” OR healthservice OR “public sector” OR publicsector OR government) AND (“new tech” OR newtech OR “new technology” OR newtechnology OR “emerging tech” OR emergingtech OR “emerging technology” OR emergingtechnology OR efficiency OR innovation OR “tech firms” OR techfirms OR “technology firms” OR technologyfirms OR “tech companies” OR techcompanies OR “technology companies” OR technologycompanies)) from 7th October – 29th October 2016. We then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter. What we discovered was a very engaged community, with much discussion between individuals and brands. Below you can see a network map of the online GovTech conversation with the Top 20 influencer Clifford McDowell  at the centre. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM). Be sure to click on the map to enjoy the full size network diagram in greater detail.

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting has teamed with Resource Exploration to build the process of PBB into an online application. Resource X brings experience in database and web design needed to facilitate this transformation.

And OnlinePBB is now "live" and actively being applied in dozens of communities. These communities are now utilizing actionable data to allocate their precious resources to the outcomes that matter most and impact their community to the highest degree. To join the priority based budgeting GovTech movement, contact us today!

Keep an eye on the CPBB blog for further updates. Sign-up for our social media pages so you stay connected with TEAM CPBB!

If you're thinking of jumping into the world of Fiscal Health and Wellness through Priority Based Budgeting we would certainly like to be part of your efforts! Contact us to schedule a free webinar and identify the best CPBB service option(s) to meet your organization's particular needs.


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