21st Century Government

Thought leadership on bringing journey-focused innovation to government

Federal government spending on cloud down in 2017. Wait, what?

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After several years of steady growth in federal government spending on cloud, we’re seeing the trend reverse in 2017. Depending on your source, federal government spending on cloud will contract 10-17% this year. Wait, what? How does this make sense given the strong growth of cloud consumption in the commercial sector? Has government lost the […]

The power of purpose in the war for talent

Chess-Pieces

When it comes to competing with the commercial sector in the war for talent, government has always had a secret weapon: Purpose. People are drawn to government service because of the impact they can have. I have had the privilege of working with many talented government employees who could have easily made more money in […]

Digital Transformation Means Doing the Hard Yards

Women Computer

It’s so easy to understand the benefits of being digital that we can be fooled into thinking that getting to digital must be easy, too. Unfortunately, digital business transformation requires hard work, especially for government organizations. Government organizations haven’t survived by welcoming change. In fact, their mandate in legislation and regulation is to maintain themselves, […]

An artist’s journey in IT

Artist Studio

I have spent my career in IT, primarily because it has afforded me the opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills every single day. I have a questing disposition – in that I am attracted to challenges that help me get better faster. And I measure my improvement by way of the value I deliver […]

Future-proofing government IT

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For many IT professionals, the most interesting and challenging non-functional requirement is to future-proof the solution. The industry mantra was to “built-to-last.” In reality, that’s a flawed philosophy. When you want to future-proof a solution, you make it “built-to-change.” In the new wave of digital transformation of enterprises, the philosophy “built-to-change” has enjoyed wide acceptance in […]

Blah blah blockchain

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Blockchain may be the hottest technology but it won’t change the world, at least not for government. The IT industry has been talking about blockchain in glowing terms for some time. Much of the excitement is driven by Bitcoin, an application that relies on blockchain to create digital currency particularly loved by hackers and other […]

Moving beyond risk management to antifragility

Change

The amount of change in the world is exciting, but the combination of the level of innovation being generated by technology and the fierce competition of global markets means that we are seeing — and will inevitably continue to see — slip-ups. As IT professionals, what is our defense against slip-ups? We often try to […]

Walking the talk

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As a CTO, I want hands-on experience with the latest technology and techniques so that I can give my clients the best advice on digital transformation. Without that experience it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of security. It’s easy to get complacent about the rapid pace of change in the IT industry, […]

Government executives: On being 21st century digital leaders

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Every government executive I know serves an organization that is in a constant state of transformation. And they are all looking for journey-focused guidance on how to succeed.  I started this blog to open a dialog on their challenges. So let me begin by describing what I see as the most fundamental challenge. Most organizations (even in […]