Industry Insights

Join us in discussing the latest news, research, and industry insights surrounding the Government Industry from a top-level view.

Convergence of Blockchain and Cybersecurity

This is part II of a series. Part I of this blog, “Blockchain Security Assurance,” can be found here. Blockchain technology offers profound opportunities in a myriad of domains, across self-sovereign digital identities, financial services, enterprise asset protection, supply chain risk management, and healthcare IT transformation. Because blockchain technology offers exciting prospects for developing blockchain-based […]

Continue reading

IBM enhances its proprietary Agile courses with ICAgile certifications

Agile principles are vital to driving tangible government value and user-centric outcomes What’s “agility,” and why “Agile?” IBM defines “agility” as the ability of an organization to rapidly, efficiently and structurally adapt to the changing business environments in both internal and external markets. Because government organizations are affected by an ever-increasing number of factors that […]

Continue reading

State Priorities

I just returned from the Annual meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) in Austin, Texas. With 46 state governments represented and over 650 technology professionals in attendance, NASCIO continues to maintain its status as the premier conference for access to state CIOs. Through our membership, NASCIO provides the IBM Government […]

Continue reading

City 2.0: City Platform Thinking

Today’s Challenges City governments around the world are under enormous pressure to deliver value to their citizens, while facing critical challenges: Infrastructure capacity struggles to keep up with rapid urbanization. Siloed infrastructure management. Citizens and businesses increasingly expect cities to provide high quality services. Cities are also realizing that the conventional methods for financing, constructing, […]

Continue reading

Governments Must Secure and Exploit the World’s Newest Natural Resource

Data. It’s a small word, but carries huge risks and rewards for today’s government leaders. The insidious threats from cyberterrorism are a real and ever-present danger.  Virtually every few weeks, we now hear about a new ransomware threat with a scary name – WannaCry, Petya … who knows what’s next?  What about the data breaches […]

Continue reading

10 Lessons: Design Thinking for Blockchain

Over the past fifteen months I’ve facilitated eighteen design thinking workshops to explore the application of blockchain to customer projects.  Most of these (actually 12) have been in the finance industry, and in Europe (specifically 15).  Some interesting lessons and reflections emerge. First a little context . . . We use a standard approach for customer projects as shown […]

Continue reading

Combating Fake News with Document Provenance

With all the talk about “fake news” it’s interesting to reflect on the roles of intelligence agencies (government and civil), the similarities and differences between their work and investigative journalism and how a clear, trusted document provenance will help them both in proving the validity of their work products. Let’s start with the intelligence agencies.  […]

Continue reading

Ten things blockchain is NOT

Over the past months, I’ve written much about how blockchain – as a trusted, distributed ledger with shared business processes – can provide transformational value to almost all industries. One of my colleagues recently suggested I should also say what blockchain is not.  Since I try hard not to practice blockchain religion (“blockchain is the answer, what’s […]

Continue reading

Boiling Down Business Blockchain

We are making considerable progress with blockchain customer projects – at the time of writing, we have some 31 public references!  But there is still too much gobbledygook and technical waffle given when answering the simple question “So exactly what is blockchain, in business terms?”. Maybe this will help . . . Blockchain is a trusted, […]

Continue reading

Unpacking a blockchain use case

Careful choice of use case is critical to a successful blockchain first project.  In a previous blog post I have discussed the application of ideation and prioritization techniques, and blockchain fit tests to use case selection. I will now outline ten questions which can be used to understand the selected use case in sufficient detail […]

Continue reading

Beware the Agile Smokescreen

The public sector should take care to avoid inviting chaos in Digital and ICT. What? Why would they do that anyway? What’s he talking about? Fair questions. But it’s already happening. Widespread frustration with a legacy of inflexible methods and contracts has produced a groundswell of support for Agile thinking. In Agile, we reject the […]

Continue reading

Generating insight sooner

Governments are increasingly embracing DevOps, both its cultural change as well as process automation in software delivery.  Cloud delivery models and practices have transformed the consumption of IT, enabling services to be introduced and changed quickly in response to business need.  Contrast this with equipping business users with insight.   All too often in my […]

Continue reading