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 […]

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 […]

E-Government vs. Digital Government in Tax Administrations

Much has been written about digital government recently, appropriately lauding the concept of bringing government services and use of technology to the level of the private sector.  But concern has been expressed about the potential for the investment in this area to simply be e-government on steroids.  It would be sad if this was the […]

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 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 […]

IBM Fully Authorized to Provide Highly Secure DoD Cloud

In an exciting progression of our IBM Cloud announcement in February, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has recently provided IBM with a full Provisional Authorization for the IBM Cloud Managed Services for Government (CMSG) Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Service Offering through August of 2019.  This update extends IBM’s previous authorization, and enables the […]

Transformational Change in Government

We continue to hear a lot about transformation in government, but what does that really mean?  Is it the first to bring a new service to citizens? Is it a shiny new website?  How about creating an interesting place to work?  Although opinions differ on what transformation means, it is clear that the underlying theme […]

Is Blockchain for Government just hype?

We are seeing a large number of articles being published that promise significant savings and service improvements for government agencies that adopt the new Blockchain technology.  This hype is typical for any new technology that intuitively has a lot to offer in overcoming traditional challenges. Gartner has a way of expressing this as a Hype […]

A Smarter Government will provide an open platform

Governments at all levels, local, state, national, and transnational, are exemplifying the benefits of leveraging technology to improve outcomes for their communities. In Rio de Janeiro and Davao in the Philippines dynamic leaders have made public safety a priority and encouraged the unification of multiple agencies to create a safer environment. The United Kingdom and […]

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. […]

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, […]