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The transition to the digital economy and the advent of innovations, such as cognitive computing and robotics, are transforming nearly every aspect of individuals' and enterprises' lives. Governments that design the right strategy and governance can play and important role for their countries to embrace the benefits of digital transformation.


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The UK government published a Transformation Strategy, which launches the next stage of government digital transformation, building upon the progress of the 2012 Digital Strategy. It aims to respond to citizens’ expectations for more convenient and responsive services, and increase value for money of government investments, by leveraging on the tidal wave of digital innovation that is transforming the economy.


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Avoid the Pitfalls of Digital Government

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The European Commission (EC) and many countries in the region, are revamping their digital strategies. Local governments start to introduce bots to personalize citizen services. Enthusiasm runs high when new strategies come out and new technologies are piloted. That is until execution starts, and the underestimated organizational, technical, project, financial, and security risks start to materialize. This blogs looks at lessons learned from previous iterations of government digital strategies to inform future implementation of new plans.


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Data as a Strategic Asset for European Governments

By Massimiliano Claps

The U.K. government is at the forefront of the evolution Western European governments are going through to leverage the strategic value of data. Government data was traditionally locked into vertically integrated application silos, which made it difficult to access them, share them, and aggregate disparate data sets to identify correlation. Over the past 10 years, Western European governments have taken a first step toward liberating data from those vertical silos through open data initiatives. But it is more recently with the increasing maturity of technologies and skills for Big Data and analytics that government executives have started to understand the true value of data as a strategic asset. That realization is leading governments to deploy information management architectures and governance processes to manage the end-to-end life cycle of data, from collection to management, improvement, and usage and monetization.


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Instead of imposing from the inside-out a standard whole-of-government system, public administrations in Europe (and beyond) are exposing data and micro-services to be mashed with services that already exist in the ecosystem. Attempts to re-invent the wheel or establish a one-size-fits-all system for the whole-of-government architecture risk creating never-ending projects that have unintended consequence on the quality of services for citizens and require additional workarounds.


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Open Source is Dead, Long Live Open Source

By Massimiliano Claps

Ten years ago, there was a heated debated in the industry about the benefits of open source software (OSS), and the public sector was right in the middle of it. Then the argument for or against open source smoothened, and OSS became just another tool for government CIOs and enterprise architects. In the past couple of years, IDC research has found a resurgence of OSS in the government sector for a number of reasons.


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At the beginning of October I attended Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference. The rapid pace of innovation AWS brings to market in the cloud computing space creates a new environment that government CIOs need to adjust to, in order to harness the full benefits of 3rd platform native technology vendors.


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Sharing some personal experiences about the benefits and challenges of digital transformation in government


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The classroom of the future is: no classroom

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A discussion with a higher education CIO triggered these reflections on the future of learning and the role of the CIO.


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The Internet, then learning management systems, then social media and mobile have been stepping stones toward more participatory learning. There is now a new wave of technologies, such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, that promise to make learning even more immersive and enable students to experiment with taking an active role in creating content.


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