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Our new Digital Government best practices knowledge network site is now live, and my favourite case study is this early OIX pilot for South Yorkshire. Not only is it the early seeds of a whole new Identity ecosystem, a radical transformation of app design and so forth, but also a very simple but powerful example of how to address ‘Bridging the Digital Divide‘. In this case the project targets the ‘unbanked’, those with no digital footprint at all, ie. literally on the other side of the divide. Given the social challenges in these scenarios at the best of times this is tremendously important work to be pioneering, however in these darkened times it’s especially important to highlight work that offers true social innovation leadership light. At the moment it might seem that all of the UK Government is trying to directly push their own citiz... (more)

Google Cloud Ventures – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

To best capture the primary value of Cloud Computing I always recommend looking at the scenario of a new entrepreneur launching their online business. The Cloud has made entrepreneurism itself more accessible to more people, lowering the barrier to entry by lowering the costs it takes to launch a new online venture by a magnitude, while simultaneously improving the quality of the apps you can produce, and how quickly you can produce them. Combined with the continuing explosion of online users and how much they grow their daily use of social media, e-commerce etc., this is a massi... (more)

IoT Cloud Computing – Building the On Demand, Real-time Enterprise

Like every one I am updating my terminology to reflect the shift that occurred – Business and technical executives immediately get that when combined with a world of smart, connected devices then Cloud computing only makes more sense. We have entered an age where IoT Cloud Computing will become the dominant form of enterprise IT architecture. Smart devices aren’t much use if they aren’t sharing their feeds with some kind of enterprise system, and so new forms of middleware as well as entirely new forms of ERP will emerge too. In short how will that RFID device on the tin of bea... (more)

IoT @ UoT – How the University of Toronto is the gem in Canada’s tech innovation crown

Like most of the tech world I recently shifted my core focus to be headlined around the Next Big Thing, the “IoT” – Internet of Things. Why? For the same reasons I specialized in Cloud, and before that SaaS and before that ASPs and web hosting. Ie. a continuing evolution of the original ‘Network is the Computer’ vision of Sun Microsystems – All technology becoming a network-based utility, rather than a buy, build and install model. Since then the volume of devices, information flows and bandwidth has exploded exponentially, but the principles o... (more)

Agile Procurement – DevOps for Government

The UK’s Digital Government program is such a great leadership example, because not only are they pioneering the G-Cloud store, a service catalogue for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS suppliers, but also they are defining ‘Agile Procurement’ practices too. Since the G-Cloud project was aligned under the Digital Services team, one key development has been that this catalogue for Cloud services has become companion to another similar supplier group, one for people skills like software development, via the Digital Services Store. This approach makes perfect sense, because Cloud hosting isn’t u... (more)