innovation

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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Hack my Blockchain? Don’t bother!

Blockchain is a much hyped, emerging technology that promises to make business networks more efficient, reducing transaction times and reducing the risk of error / fraud. As a founding member of the Linux Foundation Hyperledger project, IBM are serious about open source development of a blockchain fabric for usage within closed, permissioned business networks.  We […]

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What the Public Sector Can Learn From Uber

When most people hear the word Uber they think about a mobile app that allows them to book car services. However, Uber is much more than that. Uber is a dynamic peer-to-peer market making platform that connects buyers and sellers and helps address supply and demand inefficiencies in markets. Uber and other market making platforms […]

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Blockchain: Bath Tub Curve of Asset Management

Asset management is defined as “The coordinated activities of an organization to realize maximum value from it’s assets“; assets are an “item, thing or entity that has potential or actual value”; realization of value will normally involve balancing costs, risks, opportunities and performance benefit. The term asset management became widely used in the 1980’s relating to physical assets.  In the […]

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Proving Provenance with Blockchain

Provenance (from the French provenir, “to come from”), is the chronology of the ownership, custody and/or location of an (historical) object.  Provenance could be described as an immutable audit trail of ownership & location as it changes over time. Whilst the concept of provenance is well understood, it’s often hard to achieve in practice. In […]

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Visual Recognition Made Simple

Visual Recognition does for huge numbers of images what text analytics does for large collections of written text: it allows pictures to be processed automatically to find material of interest. The number of images from public sources, soldiers with (body) cameras, coalition partners and other sources is exploding. Clearly achieving timely, accurate classification of the images by “throwing people at the problem” does not scale and can be error prone. But cognitive computing – in the form of unsupervised (machine) learning – will transform our ability to classify images.

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Blockchain, where’s my stuff?

Even though a physical supply chain may be integrated, the supporting information systems are often fragmented.  Members of the supply chain – ranging from the source of raw materials to the consumer – keep their own records of asset information, which drives up costs (through duplication & inefficiencies) increases complexity and causes regulatory challenges. Figure 1 – Simplified Supply […]

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Avoiding “Ready – Fire – Aim” with Design Thinking

Too many projects fail because the problem is not thoroughly understood, and the objectives made clear before the solution is finalised. Often referred to by my friends in the military as “Ready – Fire – Aim”! I almost succumbed to this earlier in my career. I was the new leader of a recently acquired German […]

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BOLD with Blockchain

In my Blockchain for Government post I explained that there is much hype around Blockchain, mostly about how it underpins the bitcoin cryptocurrency. IBM has recently made some bold moves to facilitate the cross industry application of Blockchain technology to build shared ledger solutions for the Internet age. What is Blockchain?  Business – and Governments – never operate in […]

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Big Data, Watson, and Cognitive Computing: Improving Education and Regional Competitiveness

In the United States during 2013, nearly 20% of high school seniors did not graduate – stressing the ability of regions looking to thrive and prosper via an Economic Vitality agenda.  As we have seen, societies with world class education systems produce highly skilled workforces and become attractive places for businesses looking to thrive – […]

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Blockchain for Government?

There is much hype around Blockchain.  Most of this is about the use of Blockchain to underpin the Bitcoin crypto currency.  Whilst IBM are not interested in Crypto currency, we are very interested in exploring the broader application of Blockchain technology.  This touches most all industries – and Government. WHAT . . . is Blockchain? Business […]

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What’s Data Curation got to do with Defence?

Defence organisations are increasingly challenged by data.  Sensors become more complex and the Internet of Things together with social media brings an ever-increasing volume, variety and veracity of data, which must be processed at speed to derive the insights needed to maintain information superiority. We describe data curation as integrating data, enriching it by aligning […]

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