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Cloud for Caseworkers

Few careers are as demanding as those of social services caseworkers. There are inherent risks in dealing with people in crisis and caseworkers know that if they fail to uncover those risk factors, their clients may face serious consequences. Every day, dedicated caseworkers strive to assist their clients in getting the services and support they […]

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“If governments are smarter in leveraging technology and data, will that mean less government jobs?”

This was the first question posed to our closing panel by a participant in our recent Data Driven Government conference in Barcelona, Spain. So much for warming the panel up with an easy or “softball” question! Fortunately, our esteemed panel which included Ian Baker, Cameron Brooks, Jordi Puignero, Bryan Sivak, and Jo Stark was up […]

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Data Driven Government paper available

In an earlier post, I mentioned a paper I was writing on Data Driven Government to emphasize the importance of, and some suggestions for addressing, the growth in data available to tax administrations. That paper has now been published and can be downloaded here. Coincidental to the publication date, last week I was at a […]

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Discover your cognitive future – New IBV study on cognitive computing

In today’s world, it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest technological trends and distinguish true opportunities from overhyped fads. Despite tremendous advances in cognitive computing capabilities, organizations have only begun to scratch the surface of potential for this innovative technology. From improving customer engagement to enhancing research capabilities that identify new, life-saving […]

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Is Agriculture THE Big IT Growth Play in Africa?

Africa is widely seen as the “last emerging market.”  With nearly one-billion people, a rapidly growing middle class, and a regional economic growth rate of 5%, many businesses are investing on the continent.  Infrastructure, Financial Services, Telco, Energy, and Agriculture interests have clearly identified Africa as a growth play. However, this last industry – Agriculture […]

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The Internet of Postal Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) occupies a promising – and potentially perilous – position on the technology hype curve. With regard to the promise, our IoT research and initiatives confirm deeply held beliefs about the significant benefits that neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries can realize as a result of becoming more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. […]

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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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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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Unpacking the “Black Box” of Incident Reporting

Government agencies regularly report “incident” data, such as the number of burglaries, house fires, cases of food poisoning, bankruptcies, workplace injuries, and more. While these data can be used externally for accountability, they can also be used internally to predict and prevent these kinds of incidents. These days, more detailed, near real-time data can be […]

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Are senior government agency leaders ready to get serious about efficiencies?

 We have all heard about the interest by government agencies in reducting their IT costs. Mechanishms and approaches are available to move down that path such as shared IT infrastructure and cloud approaches which can be competitively priced. ...

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Juvenile Placement and Outcome Failure – At What Cost? (Part 1) “It Begins at the Source”

You were probably speculating that I left you all waiting and wondering what had become of me, and my 3 part series on Juvenile Placements and Outcome Failures (and the costs to our kids, government and our communities).  My absence was due in large part...

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