innovation

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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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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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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Blockchain: Tackling Tax Evasion in a Digital Economy

The fast-growing digital economy is a nightmare for governments looking to maximise tax revenues and minimise tax evasion!  A recent report “Tax Challenges in the Digital Economy” from the policy department of the European Parliament states: “Digital goods are highly mobile or intangible, physical presence of a company in the market country is often not needed in […]

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Cook up a blockchain demo app

It’s never been easier to see what benefit blockchain can bring to a business.  Using the Hyperledger blockchain service on IBM Bluemix, in a few simple steps it’s possible to deploy an app which shows the benefits of applying blockchain to a car leasing supply chain.  This short video gives an overview of the use case. […]

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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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Reflections: one year working the blockchain . .

I’m amazed that it’s over a year since I started this adventure, and figured that it’s good to reflect on what I’ve learnt. [1] First projects make blockchain real First project is what we call our customer’s initial excursions into blockchain usage.  More than a disposable “proof of concept” first projects are designed to scale up into production […]

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Privacy services & blockchain

In this blog post I will discuss the use of privacy services in blockchain, specifically the Hyperledger blockchain fabric.  I will explain privacy services in business terms, and avoid technical gobbledygook! Blockchain gives participants in a business network the ability to share a ledger which is updated every time a transaction occurs through peer to peer […]

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What’s a good blockchain use case?

One of the most common questions we get asked in our work with customers is “what’s a good blockchain use case?”  So we’ve developed a way to ensure we are adding enough value by applying blockchain to a particular business problem.  What’s blockchain?  See “More  Information” at the end of this post. [1] Awareness – we first […]

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Blockchain, how SMART is your contract?

Smart contracts have been around since 1994 when Nick Szabo defined a smart contract as a computerized transaction protocol that executes terms of a contract.  Putting this another way a Smart Contract is computer code which automates the “if this happens then do that” part of traditional contracts. Figure 1: From Contract to Code [https://bitsonblocks.net] However, not much happened with […]

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Design Thinking : Making Blockchain Real

At IBM we focus on making Blockchain real for business, cutting through the hype and gobbledygook.  We are a founder member and code contributor to the Linux Foundation Hyperledger Project, because we are convinced that an open governance, open source, open standards approach is best suited to building a new class of Blockchain for closed, premissioned & trusted business networks. […]

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