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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)

The Cloud Name System – Addressing Architecture for the Internet of Things

A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori MacVittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a Service Name System, a DNS type directory approach but for Cloud Services so that they can be entirely loosely coupled from their IT infrastructure. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, himself described a scenario of ‘Socially Aware Cloud Storage‘ that applies this same ideal of abstraction... (more)

An IoT Taxonomy – Mapping Internet of Things Innovation

One of the most powerful aspects of the Internet of Things is the process of synthesis it achieves; it provides a mental model for people to associate and relate a number of different technologies under one umbrella concept and trend. Therefore one early quick win is a simple taxonomy for listing what these different technology camps are, so here is a first draft approach for this that is now included as the guiding framework in our IoT Technology Roadmap: IoT Taxonomy Wearable Computing - The smartphone will remain as the central control unit but it will be "Wearables" that ge... (more)

CBPN E-Learning University

In addition to our new blog we will also shortly be launching an e-learning community, where experts can create courses, tests, assignments and pass certifications. The Cloud industry is made up of numerous different subject matter areas: Backup and Disaster Recovery & High Availability IaaS vs PaaS vs SaaS Cloud Identity and trust networks And so on. So the goal will be to build a curriculum that defines all of these and then populates them with leading industry experts in those fields, from across vendors as well as academic tutors. That way you’re learning what’s hands on and... (more)

European IT managers don’t trust US clouds

Our Cloud for Europe white paper is now underway and documenting EU Cloud best practices. Highlighting the challenges is this press release from Perspecsys, showing the distrust many European ICT managers feel towards USA-based Clouds. – Sixty-two percent of respondents believe that this response is justified based on reports of the NSA having visibility into data in U.S.-based clouds MCLEAN, Va. – May 21, 2014 – Perspecsys, the leader in enterprise cloud data protection, today revealed a continental cloud divide between the U.S. and Europe, based on data finding... (more)