Blockchain, how SMART is your contract?

Smart contracts have been around since 1994 when Nick Szabo defined a smart contract as a computerized transaction protocol that executes terms of a contract.  Putting this another way a Smart Contract is computer code which automates the “if this happens then do that” part of traditional contracts. Figure 1: From Contract to Code [https://bitsonblocks.net] However, not much happened with […]

Brexit: implications for the operation of the Customs Union

What a fortnight it has been. The outcome of the UK’s EU referendum has been to leave the EU, leading figures in the UK leave campaign have resigned and we wait to see who emerges as the new prime minister and what happens to the leader of the opposition. Those of us who work in […]

What Does It Take to Really Fix a Supply Chain?

Knowing best practices and having the right policies doesn’t necessarily translate into desired operational improvements on the front line. So, what does it take for people on the front line to do the right thing?  A recent report for the IBM Center by a team of Northeastern University researchers, Gilbert Nyaga, Gary Young, and Russ […]

Social Programs Beyond Digital

We recently completed our International Social Sector Form (ISSF) in Berlin, Germany.  Social Programs clients from around the world shared the best practices and challenges they face in delivering results. It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and approaches in a penalty-free environment. It is important to us as well.  It helps us to […]

Experimenting with Cognitive Computing in Government

Everyone is talking about cognitive computing and how it will change the ability of organisations to get strategic advantage from massive – and growing – amounts of structured and unstructured data available to them. But it’s less clear how to start . . .  Up to now, cognitive solutions have often been large, complex and prohibitively expensive […]

NASCIO: Key Takeaways

In early May, I had the opportunity to attend the mid-year meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The conference concentrated on the top ten priorities of the CIO’s as listed on the NASCIO site. The items that sit on top of this list are: Security and Risk Management Cloud Services. […]

Implementing Shared Services in Government – Lessons from the UK

Government agencies can improve services and save money by implementing a shared services model.  But recent experience from a UK government demonstrates that it requires strong leadership and commitment to digital services. I recently attended a breakfast hosted by the Shared Services Leadership Coalition. The theme was “The Future of Federal Shared Services.” Former US Congressman Tom […]

Advanced Analytics Driving Social Services Breakthroughs

For the past several decades, major success stories from within the social services sector have been somewhat scarce. The complexities of intergenerational poverty, aging populations, addiction, abuse, unemployment, homelessness, rising health care costs and tightened budgets have exceeded the capacity of existing programs. New initiatives driven by big data and advanced analytics are shedding light […]

Outthinking CyberThreats with Cognitive Technology

CyberSecurity has emerged as a top priority to all organizations – both in the public and private sector.  It is estimated that there are over 200,000 daily cyberattacks, corresponding to a 40% annual increase in the number of detected security incidents. The rapid increase in the number of globally connected devices is not expected to […]