SPACE (Strategic Planning, Architecture/Acquisition, Control and Education) is a computer aided environment for eBusiness and eGovernment in global setting. Instead of focusing on one narrow area, SPACE covers the entire Learn-Plan-Do-Check for ICT (Information and Communication Technology) services that are at the core of eBusiness and eGovernment. The Users of SPACE range from beginners to specialists who can learn about and plan more than 50 high impact ICT services in health, education, economic development, transportation, public safety, public welfare, manufacturing, telecommunications and other vital areas. These individual services can also be combined into powerful "composites" to represent the following:
Enterprise-wide services that combine several individual services to serve an enterprise such as a city, a hospital or an entrepreneurship initiative.
Inter-enterprise services for B2B and G2G exchanges such as information exchange networks between different government/business agencies and supply chains for food distribution to the needy.
Figure 1 shows a conceptual overview of the SPACE Environment. The SPACE capabilities are intended for two types of users: general users who are interested in exploring and learning about ICT services in the public and private sectors and individuals who are involved in the planning, engineering and management of ICT services.>
The capabilities for the general users consist of a Directory for quick reference and a set of knowledge repositories that provide links to a wide range of case studies, games and simulation tools and educational materials. An extensive Decision Support Tool (the planner) is available for the specialists and officials in governments, NGOs and the private sectors who need to actually plan, implement and manage the needed ICT initiatives quickly and effectively. The Planner serves as an instrument to help the developing countries quickly by producing highly customized plans based on best practices for the type of service as well as the country/region at a global level.