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The Cognitive Port of the Future

Future ports are digital Imagine an autonomous port where the technology is guiding container ships to designated berthing position. Where all operation is automated and optimized using data from high amount of sensors installed across of terminals, water and road network surrounding ports. This is a vision adopted by leading ports like Port of Rotterdam […]

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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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NASCIO: Key Takeaways

In early May, I had the opportunity to attend the mid-year meeting of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The conference concentrated on the top ten priorities of the CIO’s as listed on the NASCIO site. The items that sit on top of this list are: Security and Risk Management Cloud Services. […]

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Advanced Analytics Driving Social Services Breakthroughs

For the past several decades, major success stories from within the social services sector have been somewhat scarce. The complexities of intergenerational poverty, aging populations, addiction, abuse, unemployment, homelessness, rising health care costs and tightened budgets have exceeded the capacity of existing programs. New initiatives driven by big data and advanced analytics are shedding light […]

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Joined Up Government – Platforms for Government

Government has a long history of procuring large complex ‘tower’ systems – so the current IT landscape looks like; Lots of individual systems, each of which delivers one function.  They don’t talk to each other particularly well, they don’t share components, and they don’t share data.  Not a good model for joined up government! The […]

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Empowering Government on the Cloud

It is rare that a technology comes along that is so disruptive that it revolutionizes not just the technology platforms, but also naturally leads to new types of systems, accelerated delivery models, new procurement approaches and business models.  Cloud is that innovation. When we started talking about Cloud, it was just as an inexpensive way […]

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Economic Development Powered by Data

Business leaders perform comprehensive analysis that incorporates social and economic vitality criteria to select the optimal locations for investments. Across all industries and business functions (e.g., manufacturing, distribution, R&D, contact centers, data centers) financial and qualitative factors are considered. Qualitative factors, such as, quality of living environment, availability of key talent pools and attractiveness for […]

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Economic Vitality in data driven world

Data promises to be for the twenty-first century what steam power was for the eighteenth, electricity for the nineteenth and fossil fuels for twentieth – that is, the creator of enormous wealth and progress. For both cities and counties, the era of Big Data opens up significant new opportunities for economic growth and new insight. […]

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Military Cloud – Case Studies

Cloud computing offers much promise to the military by addressing the fundamentals of increasing mission agility / complexity in a climate of economic constraint. In this post I will illustrate inspirational use of Cloud by the military & government, referring to two IBM projects.

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Military Cloud – First Steps

My first post in this series Cloud for the Military? I described how cloud computing can help overcome the hard challenges faced by defence organisations, concluding that it’s really a question of what kind of Cloud is going to be deployed when rather than *if*.   I followed this with a short analysis of the most common blockages to military cloud adoption and how these could be overcome.   […]

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Overcoming military cloud BLOCKAGES

In my previous post – Cloud for the Military? – I described how cloud computing could help overcome the challenge of increasing mission complexity & agility in a climate of aggressive budget reductions.  I concluded that the military don’t really have a choice and it’s really a question of what kind of Cloud is going to be deployed when rather than *if*. […]

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Cloud for the Military?

Cloud Computing is often misunderstood, shrouded in technical gobbledygook.  Once striped this away, we see the real potential that Cloud offers to organisations wishing to adapt & transform.  Let’s start with a pictorial definition, shown in Figure 1, Figure 1 – Cloud : A Pictorial Definition Clients in all industries are reaping benefit from Cloud adoption, including: Speed & Agility – Using […]

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