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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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Using Cognitive and Blockchain to drive innovation at the border

Cognitive Computing and Blockchain were areas of focus as officials representing customs, border security and immigration agencies from around the globe met in New York City as part of the 2016 CIBM Executive Forum (#2016CIBM). This year the forum focused on how agencies could leverage developments like cognitive computing and blockchain to drive innovation out […]

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Open Innovation, blockchain & hyperledger

In this blog post, I will outline these three terms and explain the amazing transformational opportunity that arises from their coalescence. Open Innovation is a term originally coined by Dr Henry Chesbrough in the early 2000’s best summarised by Figure 1 below. Figure 1 – Open Innovation Open Innovation gives organisations the ability to create […]

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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, […]

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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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The FY2016 Budget: Details Worth a Look

The Administration’s FY 2016 budget proposal shows that it is committed to creating capacity and sustainability for performance-and-results based government. It’s all in the details. Beyond the dollars in the President’s budget, there are some details buried in congressional justifications that are worth examining. I think there are three sets of initiatives – that for […]

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Government Transformations – Delivering Real Value

Entering 2015, it’s clear that governments continue to be under pressure to provide citizen services in a more effective manner.  Many governments have still not seen revenues return to pre-recessionary levels – often a primary source of concern for these leaders.  Compounding this challenge is the fact that the demand for citizen services continues to […]

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Mobile – Design for User Flexibility

Mobile is almost taken for granted nowadays. Most people, myself included, now feel pretty grumpy if you don’t have immediate access to the information that you seek, regardless of where you are. When mobile for business started, I carried around my own personal cell phone and a Blackberry provided by the Navy for work email […]

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Analytics in Defense

“Big Data” is a euphemism for “”I am drowning in data”. It is nice to know that you have lots of data available, but it is absolutely useless unless you derive information, insight and (even better) actionable intelligence from it. How do you develop that information? Often through analytics. Today’s defense organizations have made tremendous […]

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What Do We Know About Inter-Organizational Networks?

As Millennials join the workforce, they are bringing their propensity for social networking into the workplace. As a result, network-centered approaches to doing work will likely become more prevalent. Government and non-profits have already been pioneering the use of collaborative networks over the past two decades to solve complex societal challenges such as clean waterways, […]

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Sustainable Employment: IBM Solutions to Kick Youth Unemployment

The unemployment rate for young adults is about 15% in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. It is about 25% in France and Egypt, nearly 30% in Saudi Arabia, and more than 40% in Italy and South Africa. It is over 50% in Greece and Spain. Rates are even uncomfortably high in economic powerhouses like […]

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Hey, Medicare Fraud Strike Force – Rock On!

Health care fraud costs governments hundreds of billions of dollars each year.  Being a nut about effective government keeps me thinking about waste, fraud, and abuse.   Fortunately, things are looking up. Click here to Retweet In mid-May, the US Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 90 people with defrauding Medicare of $260M. Some charged were physicians […]

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