Cloud

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 […]

Cloud

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. […]

Big data

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, […]

Fabric Composer: accelerating blockchain time to value

We often get asked “where’s the business case for this blockchain project”.  Blockchain is new yet offering considerable transformational potential, so this is a hard question to answer.  We usually suggest  that our customer understands what blockchain is, works with us to find a suitable use case then embarks on first project together using an agile […]

Navigating the global skills crisis – New IBV thought leadership study

Industry, technology and economic disruption has created a perfect storm that is having a significant impact on the types of skills required and the demand for and availability of those skills in global labor markets. This is one of the most significant issues impacting economic vitality: Without the adequate talent, public and private sector organizations […]

The Future of Public Transportation is Autonomous and Cognitive

Imagine a world where the use of public transportation is as easy as one click on your mobile phone. Many commuters already expect it today. This future of transportation is connected to citizen driven Mobility as a Service, where autonomous vehicles supported by cognitive technology will provide a strong foundation for these new mobility services. Autonomous […]

Blockchain for government: building trust; demolishing bureaucracy

To build trust, governments strive to be as open, transparent and collaborative as possible.  To demolish bureaucracy, they seek to streamline citizen interaction, financial transactions and contract management.  All too often, they fall short of their own ambitions on both counts. Some fifteen months ago, I published my blog Blockchain for Government.  So much has […]

Consensus for Business Blockchain

Hyperledger Fabric is a revolutionary blockchain-based approach to transaction processing within business network – through sharing a ledger – which improves efficiencies, reduces settlement times and increases trust within the network.  The four components of blockchain for business are shown in Figure 1; in this blog post I will focus on consensus. Figure 1: Core Components of […]

What’s the matter with digital strategy?

It’s becoming popular in the public sector to dismiss strategic IT planning, claiming that all the associated effort is a waste of time.  This is the “digital” era (so the argument goes) and citizen expectations, technology capabilities and external influences move too quickly for strategy to be valuable. There’s a logic to that.  But I […]

What does 2017 look like in the Government space?

I have never professed to be psychic.  However, as 2016 is coming to an end there are clear signs that illuminate the plans of government entities for 2017.  These signs include the surveys that have been conducted to identify the priorities of state, county and city CIO’s.  As you can see, their priorities align very […]

A cognitive approach to social programs

As governments seek to improve the effectiveness of social programs, a persistent challenge is the multi-faceted nature of the problems facing children, families, and individuals. Addressing these challenges effectively requires sharing information across traditional departmental boundaries, and doing so in a timely manner. Pulling the right information together is so difficult and takes so long […]

Building a Blockchain Business Network

Use of Hyperledger Blockchain only really makes sense when a business network is involved.  The techniques for driving blockchain value across the network are evolving as the blockchain technology matures into business usage. Just last week, a dozen participants came together across three continents to prove the technical feasibility of building a business network on Hyperledger Blockchain, as […]

Time for Government Clouds is Now

When I hear many government executives talk about cloud computing today, they still express a view that cloud computing is in their future but the timing is very vague.  Some have undertaken limited cloud initiatives but too many have not.  But of course this hesitancy to adopt a new technology is not without precedent. Back […]

Does Taking the Long View Help?

Traditionally, U.S. federal agency plans last the length of a four-year presidential election cycle. But many challenges facing government are on a much longer cycle – such as building Defense weapon systems, adapting to climate change, and creating energy independence. In 1996, Congress mandated the Defense Department to conduct a “quadrennial defense review” (QDR) of […]

A Perspective on Government in the Cognitive Era

Dr. Julia Glidden, General Manager, Global Government Industry at IBM, had an opportunity to sit down with David Bicknell, editor of Government Computing to discuss the era of cognitive computing and the digital transformation that is taking hold in government agencies around the globe. Dr. Glidden describes the intersection between digital transformation and cognitive computing […]