Equity and Oak Park’s communications technology – Wednesday Journal

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Technology already plays an integral role in our lives, and I believe in an increasingly digital future. Then why did I express reservations about the proposed modernization of the village communications and community engagement infrastructure using the Granicus technology platform?
Our communication needs have evolved from sharing information with residents to having a conversation with the residents (all residents). The proposed solution using Granicus seeks to address this shift through the
Overall it is a step in the right direction for the village because it consolidates our communications technology footprint, cost-effectively, with a single vendor, Granicus. However, my reservation stems from the following:
I’m encouraged by the possibility of third-party mobile solution integration with Granicus as a potential future option. I’m optimistic that this recommendation in the end could very well be the right approach for the village. However, without due diligence to support this recommendation, I find it hard personally and professionally, as a digital transformation practitioner, to fully endorse this direction.
Ravi Parakkat
Oak Park village trustee