Cloud as a Driver of Better Government

For the past decade or so, “better, faster, cheaper,” has been the rallying cry for innovation in every sector. Cloud computing unequivocally ranks high among all three criteria.  As a scalable model for enabling access to a shared pool of computing resources via pay-for-use Internet delivery, “faster” and “cheaper” is inherent to cloud. Cloud allows […]


Design Thinking : Making Blockchain Real

At IBM we focus on making Blockchain real for business, cutting through the hype and gobbledygook.  We are a founder member and code contributor to the Linux Foundation Hyperledger Project, because we are convinced that an open governance, open source, open standards approach is best suited to building a new class of Blockchain for closed, premissioned & trusted business networks. […]

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Can the Millennial Generation Rescue Government?

Can the Millennial generation help lead the charge in transforming governments in the new digital era? Despite efforts to transform services through technology, government organizations are trailing behind the private sector in the digital revolution. Yet today’s citizens expect government to provide the same conveniences they experience as consumers – including information and services when, […]

Blockchain for Asset Registration

Friends in our government industry team tell me that there is much interest in their customer base in two specific use case clusters.  The first is around supply chain – which I blogged about some time ago (at this link > – the second around asset registry, which is the subject of this post. What […]

Harnessing the Power of the MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) to Help Solve a Fortune 500’s Innovation Challenge

Preface: With only 12.2% of the Fortune 500 companies in 1955 still on the list in 2015[1] how might today’s C-Suite executives build a target operating model that enables their staff to uncover innovative ideas that successfully grow their businesses? In this interview, Trond Undheim (Lead for the MIT Startup Exchange and himself a serial […]

Using Cognitive and Blockchain to drive innovation at the border

Cognitive Computing and Blockchain were areas of focus as officials representing customs, border security and immigration agencies from around the globe met in New York City as part of the 2016 CIBM Executive Forum (#2016CIBM). This year the forum focused on how agencies could leverage developments like cognitive computing and blockchain to drive innovation out […]

Evolving a Hybrid Cloud Strategy – A Conversation with CxOs: Part 2

This post continues the discussion on the importance of the hybrid cloud datacenter and how to approach migration. In reflecting back on part one of this discussion, it was evident that the speed of innovation and the rate at which these platforms are evolving in and of itself must be considered as part of your […]

Blockchain: Tackling Tax Evasion in a Digital Economy

The fast-growing digital economy is a nightmare for governments looking to maximise tax revenues and minimise tax evasion!  A recent report “Tax Challenges in the Digital Economy” from the policy department of the European Parliament states: “Digital goods are highly mobile or intangible, physical presence of a company in the market country is often not needed in […]

Cook up a blockchain demo app

It’s never been easier to see what benefit blockchain can bring to a business.  Using the Hyperledger blockchain service on IBM Bluemix, in a few simple steps it’s possible to deploy an app which shows the benefits of applying blockchain to a car leasing supply chain.  This short video gives an overview of the use case. […]

Can the public sector trust artificial intelligence?

For around 20 years now I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with Artificial Intelligence (AI).  I’ll even confess to a paranoia.  More than most people, I’m acutely aware of the potential for major problems if AI is not harnessed very carefully. For me it’s a question of ethics.  Many professions (and some professional companies) maintain codes […]

Open Innovation, blockchain & hyperledger

In this blog post, I will outline these three terms and explain the amazing transformational opportunity that arises from their coalescence. Open Innovation is a term originally coined by Dr Henry Chesbrough in the early 2000’s best summarised by Figure 1 below. Figure 1 – Open Innovation Open Innovation gives organisations the ability to create […]

Defense Offsets – Obligation or Opportunity?

The Global Offsets and Countertrade Association (GOCA) conference just concluded in Montreal.  You may ask, “What is an offset and why is it important?”   Defense offset agreements are arrangements in which the seller of a product or service agrees to provide benefits such as buying local products or services from a country as an inducement […]

Big Data, Big Cities, Big Deal

Big Data is increasingly seen as a Big Deal, especially in mid-sized and big cities. But why? What can government leaders vs. data geeks get from it? Professor Alfred Ho, at the University of Kansas, recently surveyed 65 mid-size and large cities to learn what is going on, on the frontline, with the use of […]

Reflections: one year working the blockchain . .

I’m amazed that it’s over a year since I started this adventure, and figured that it’s good to reflect on what I’ve learnt. [1] First projects make blockchain real First project is what we call our customer’s initial excursions into blockchain usage.  More than a disposable “proof of concept” first projects are designed to scale up into production […]

Blockchain for Government Services

The financial services sector are the early adopters of Blockchain, but the use cases for Government are compelling because they go to the heart of the business networks and underpin the core role of government; delivering services to enhance the lives of its citizens. The key challenges that Governments face in delivering government services (the […]