Economic Vitality

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 […]

e-Government is a Reality, UN Survey Shows

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (@UNDESA) has recently released the 2016 e-government survey.  IBM, Vice President for Government Industry @JuliaGlidden was an advisor to the survey.  The survey points out that many governments have made significant steps over the last 15 years to not only embrace technology to improve the function […]

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 […]

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, […]

What the Public Sector Can Learn From Uber

When most people hear the word Uber they think about a mobile app that allows them to book car services. However, Uber is much more than that. Uber is a dynamic peer-to-peer market making platform that connects buyers and sellers and helps address supply and demand inefficiencies in markets. Uber and other market making platforms […]

Innovative Business/IT Solutions: An interview with Dr. James L. Heskett, UPS Foundation Professor of Business Logistics, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School

Preface: Per IBM’s 2015 C-Suite study, “…CxOs believe technology and market factors are by far the biggest of the various external forces buffeting their organizations. CEOs put technology at the top of the list, as they have for the past four years. But now, for the first time ever, the other members of the C-suite […]

Blockchain: Bath Tub Curve of Asset Management

Asset management is defined as “The coordinated activities of an organization to realize maximum value from it’s assets“; assets are an “item, thing or entity that has potential or actual value”; realization of value will normally involve balancing costs, risks, opportunities and performance benefit. The term asset management became widely used in the 1980’s relating to physical assets.  In the […]

Cloud – Disrupt, or be Disrupted?

Business & Government is going through a time of unprecedented digital transformation. The disruptive forces –  driven by cloud,  mobile and social – change the how they derive insight from data, how governments interact with their citizens and how businesses go to market with their products. In the front line, new mobile apps are consolidating decision making at the fingertips of people who need to act.  Real time insight […]

Social Workers, Technology, and Transformation

As a critical supplier of technology to health and social program leaders around the world, it helps me to remember who we work for.  Beneficiaries, departments, community organizations, legislators, and taxpayers  — to name a few.  On that list are social workers, the front line workers that make things happen. Social workers change lives. They […]

Cognitive Government: Enabling the Data Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

Webster’s Dictionary describes cognition as the building of knowledge, something we as human beings have become very proficient at throughout the course of our history. What has also marked our human capability to build knowledge has been our ability to build, deploy and use tools and technology to augment our capability to learn. From the […]

Proving Provenance with Blockchain

Provenance (from the French provenir, “to come from”), is the chronology of the ownership, custody and/or location of an (historical) object.  Provenance could be described as an immutable audit trail of ownership & location as it changes over time. Whilst the concept of provenance is well understood, it’s often hard to achieve in practice. In […]

IBM Watson Health sponsors State HIT Connect Summit, March 21-22 in Baltimore

IBM Watson Health is a sponsor at the 2016 State HIT Connect Summit, March 21-22 in Baltimore. The 2016 meeting is the 7th Annual State Healthcare IT Connect Summit presented by Healthcare IT Connect in partnership with NASCIO, APHSA, eHI and Health Affairs. The two day program brings together public and private sector thought leaders […]