The call follows the publication of a critical Forrester report that concludes that the government's current strategy for utilising e-technology is risking a possible saving of£3.7bn in expenditure.
Ian Dormer, regional chairman of IoD NE, believes that local government agencies could also benefit from opening up business processes and working closer with the private sector.
Ian comments: 'The research highlighted that government agencies are currently suffering from gaps in knowledge and understanding in the delivery of online data and financial transactions. This is jeopardising the successful implementation of innovative services which could make government more efficient.
'It would seem that a successful e-strategy would not only bring down costs and allow for greater expenditure on improving base-level government services for the consumer, but also create a commercial market in which the skills of the growing IT sector in the region are fully utilised.'