Using Blockchain to Keep Public Data Public

Using Blockchain to Keep Public Data Public

Data is under attack. And it is the very leaders of our government and economy who are waging the war. They have made it acceptable to manipulate raw data in a way that benefits them financially or politically—and it has caused public confidence in the veracity of information to completely erode. If anyone is allowed to simply change a number, …

Smart City Projects Have CIOs on the Hunt for New Business Models

Smart City Projects Have CIOs on the Hunt for New Business Models

Becoming ‘smart’ is on every city’s agenda these days. But what projects should be extended beyond a pilot phase and how cities should fund the initiatives remain unclear. Smart cities are a typical internet of things story: Sensors are cheap, the cloud is readily available and vendors are pedaling smart wares for just about every square inch within a city …

CIOs Should Make 5 Changes to IT Funding in an Age of Digitization

CIOs Should Make 5 Changes to IT Funding in an Age of Digitization

In the years since data scientist was declared the sexiest job, the role itself has evolved. As ha Historical approaches to IT funding and the mechanisms used to prioritize and track technology spending do not support the changes that new technology initiatives require. Most organizations realize that digitization means change. Not just to products and channels, but also to operations …

A CIO's role in 2017: Keep the lights on while planning for the future

A CIO’s role in 2017: Keep the lights on while planning for the future

For companies with mainframes lurking in the basement, it is well past time to make the transition to more advanced, often cloud-based, technology. But transitions don’t happen overnight. Organizations have to find ways to keep systems running efficiently, no matter their age, while budgeting and planning for the adoption of future technology, all issues that fall to the modern-day CIO. …

Transforming the pyramid to an agile org

Transforming the pyramid to an agile org

I recently published a video exploring how an agile team based organization could look like. How does it look like under the hood? In the video I also discussed how you get there. I got tons of great feedback so I decided to provide the content of the video in the format of a blog. If you prefer to read instead of watching …

Six challenges of big data project management

Six challenges of big data project management

Project management always comes with a set of various challenges. In the past couple of years, as businesses have significantly grown, project management has become even more complicated. On the other side of things, a variety of software solutions were created for easier project tracking and data management. One of the dominating technologies that are currently very popular is big …

Leveraging the value of data-centric processes

Leveraging the value of data-centric processes

In previous articles, we talked about three of the five capabilities needed to turn data into insight. The fourth key capability is to have “data-centric processes.” What we mean by this is twofold: Many articles have been written about data-management-specific processes, including the two previous installments in our CIO.com series — “Ensuring the Quality of ‘Fit for Purpose’ Data” and “Mastering …

OpenGov expands to open source

OpenGov expands to open source, open data

Earlier this year, OpenGov acquired the open data company Ontodia, enabling the government technology company to expand its smart government platform to include an open source open data platform. Open Gov’s CEO Zac Bookman shares how OpenGov the company’s new open data solution will impact public administration – including how governments engage with citizens such as civic developers . OpenGov …

Can Open Data Keep Politicians In Africa Accountable?

Can Open Data Keep Politicians In Africa Accountable?

We ran a quick Twitter poll on the iAfrikan account a day before the 2016 Presidential elections asking our followers if they think open gaovernment data can help in keeping governments and policticians accountable. Not only were those agreeing and those not quite close but interesting to note is the percentage of those who considered the answer “What if the …