Navigating the global skills crisis – New IBV thought leadership study

Industry, technology and economic disruption has created a perfect storm that is having a significant impact on the types of skills required and the demand for and availability of those skills in global labor markets. This is one of the most significant issues impacting economic vitality: Without the adequate talent, public and private sector organizations […]

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The Future of Public Transportation is Autonomous and Cognitive

Imagine a world where the use of public transportation is as easy as one click on your mobile phone. Many commuters already expect it today. This future of transportation is connected to citizen driven Mobility as a Service, where autonomous vehicles supported by cognitive technology will provide a strong foundation for these new mobility services. Autonomous […]

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Blockchain for government: building trust; demolishing bureaucracy

To build trust, governments strive to be as open, transparent and collaborative as possible.  To demolish bureaucracy, they seek to streamline citizen interaction, financial transactions and contract management.  All too often, they fall short of their own ambitions on both counts. Some fifteen months ago, I published my blog Blockchain for Government.  So much has […]

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Consensus for Business Blockchain

Hyperledger Fabric is a revolutionary blockchain-based approach to transaction processing within business network – through sharing a ledger – which improves efficiencies, reduces settlement times and increases trust within the network.  The four components of blockchain for business are shown in Figure 1; in this blog post I will focus on consensus. Figure 1: Core Components of […]

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What’s the matter with digital strategy?

It’s becoming popular in the public sector to dismiss strategic IT planning, claiming that all the associated effort is a waste of time.  This is the “digital” era (so the argument goes) and citizen expectations, technology capabilities and external influences move too quickly for strategy to be valuable. There’s a logic to that.  But I […]

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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 […]

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A cognitive approach to social programs

As governments seek to improve the effectiveness of social programs, a persistent challenge is the multi-faceted nature of the problems facing children, families, and individuals. Addressing these challenges effectively requires sharing information across traditional departmental boundaries, and doing so in a timely manner. Pulling the right information together is so difficult and takes so long […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Does Taking the Long View Help?

Traditionally, U.S. federal agency plans last the length of a four-year presidential election cycle. But many challenges facing government are on a much longer cycle – such as building Defense weapon systems, adapting to climate change, and creating energy independence. In 1996, Congress mandated the Defense Department to conduct a “quadrennial defense review” (QDR) of […]

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The Election is Over – Now What?

Now that the United States elections are in the rear view mirror and the process of “governing” comes into focus, hard decisions must be made. Getting elected is a long, complex process but organizing to govern can be equally, if not more, complex and challenging. IBM’s Center for the Business of Government recently published Getting […]

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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 […]

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