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)
To best capture the primary value of Cloud Computing I always recommend
looking at the scenario of a new entrepreneur launching their online
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)
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)
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
Since then the volume of devices, information flows and bandwidth has
exploded exponentially, but the principles o... (more)
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)