Open Innovation in Government

Open Innovation is a term originally coined by Dr Henry Chesbrough in the early 2000’s best summarised by Figures 1 & 2 below.


Figure 1 – Open Innovation 

Open vs Closed Innovation

Figure 2 – Open vs Closed Innovation

Open Innovation has been compelling to Governments for some time, but lacking the technical platform to realise the enormous potential gains.

This is where IBM’s Bluemix platform come comes in!  Bluemix offers an open standards compliant Cloud platform that can provide the infrastructure to support Open Innovation.

This is compelling for Government as it enables big and small players to work together in a developer ecosystem, unifying their efforts through use of an open standards compliant cloud platform.  BlueMix also comes with a powerful set of DevOps tooling to make the creation of value added apps straight forward for third parties.

Open Innovation is also an ideal way to realise sustainable economic value from the mass of Open Data that’s made available by Government – see the UK Government Open Data portal as an example, allowing governments to realise the many benefits outlined in the excellent Institute of Business Value document entitled .

More Information . . .

  1. Government’s potential gains from Open Innovation?  see Opening Up Government from IBM’s Institute for Business Value.
  2. Find all this Cloud terminology confusing? see Cloud Explained with a Pizza Analogy!
  3. Open Computing for Government needs some further explanation?  See Open in Government.

Agree? Disagree? Disinterested?  I welcome your feedback / participation preferably via this blog or by e-mail / telephone / twitter if you prefer.

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