Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Kevin Sparenberg

Related Topics: @CloudExpo, Government Cloud

@CloudExpo: Article

Social Innovation Clouds – Harnessing Cloud for Public Sector Innovation

How governments can serve as catalysts for sustained economic growth

Cloud Computing is such a compelling area for government investment because it offers multiple dimensions of business benefit, one of these being the ability to play an accelerating role in economic stimulation, critically important in our current climate.

The technology can reduce the operational costs of IT but it can also provide for new ways of working, making available new SaaS applications that can directly enable exciting new growth programs, like Cisco's idea of 'Next Generation Clusters' aka 'Innovation Clouds'.

Cloud Innovation Hubs
Cost savings and new ways of working are each equally powerful business benefits in their own right, but it's their combination that generates a powerful compounding effect known as ''Multi-Factor Productivity' (MFP)'.

It's this MFP variable that Cisco stress in a new white paper intended to identify Government best practices for economic development programs, called Next Generation Clusters (14-page PDF). Ambitiously they set out to suggest an upgrade to the original cluster model developed by Michael Porter, a foundation for modern government economic development, and do so by proposing it needs modernized in the following main ways:

  • From geographically-based to community-driven
  • From locally processed innovation to open, borderless innovation
  • From technology-driven to technology-enabled

In essence this updates the model to reflect the new era of Web 2.0 global collaboration, and with this in mind they also identify the insight that often governments simply treat technology as one of the sector industries to develop, rather than also harnessing it as a tool to accelerate the underlying innovation processes themselves.

Cloud Application Solutions
As described in this Salesforce.com white paper, Cloud computing platforms offer exactly these tools, providing web 2.0 site features to cater for the 'Open Innovation' processes required to build these types of online clusters.

Microsoft also offers an equivalent 'Innovation Process Management' solution. Based on their Sharepoint content portal this can be delivered via Cloud service providers and offers an extensive range of customizations to tailor it for more intensive enterprise scenarios, such as

  • integrating the ideas portal with back-end portfolio budgeting processes.
  • adding grant management applications

This Cloud software platform is powerful because it can be reused for multiple business requirements, such as prioritizing and organizing software development and for planning and management of major capital expenditures, meaning any level of sophisticated 'Idea-to-Launch' cycle can be developed.

Sustainable i-Communities
Cloud computing therefore offers the ability to accelerate the MFP effect, because it's both an industry and also an innovation platform. It can grow new ventures, R&D and industry revenues, and furthermore be used to enhance the innovation capacity of the nation as a whole.

The multiplying effect can be further amplified by linking it into existing government initiatives already directed towards Sustainable Innovation.

For example the ICSP is a Canadian initiative for implementing Sustainable Community at the municipal level, channelling a $13 billion 'Green tax' into environmentally-friendly infrastructure projects. It's cascaded down from the federal level to provincial and then ultimately municipal governments through a process of creating ICSPs - Integrated Community Sustainability Plans.

The core idea is to involve the public in the development of their own holistic local strategies, where social media is the ideal format for engaging the public into this type of mass collaboration.  Furthermore providing them the equipment to do so is itself a target for this type of municipal investment.

As identified in this third Cisco white paper 'Network-Powered Growth' (15-page PDF) authorities can build Smart Communities that encourage "network-powered social innovation", a cutting edge best practice recently identified by the Canadian federal government.

More Stories By Cloud Best Practices Network

The Cloud Best Practices Network is an expert community of leading Cloud pioneers. Follow our best practice blogs at http://CloudBestPractices.net

@CloudExpo Stories
"We were founded in 2003 and the way we were founded was about good backup and good disaster recovery for our clients, and for the last 20 years we've been pretty consistent with that," noted Marc Malafronte, Territory Manager at StorageCraft, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"DivvyCloud as a company set out to help customers automate solutions to the most common cloud problems," noted Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
While the focus and objectives of IoT initiatives are many and diverse, they all share a few common attributes, and one of those is the network. Commonly, that network includes the Internet, over which there isn't any real control for performance and availability. Or is there? The current state of the art for Big Data analytics, as applied to network telemetry, offers new opportunities for improving and assuring operational integrity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Frey, Vice President of S...
DX World EXPO, LLC., a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
"We focus on SAP workloads because they are among the most powerful but somewhat challenging workloads out there to take into public cloud," explained Swen Conrad, CEO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"As we've gone out into the public cloud we've seen that over time we may have lost a few things - we've lost control, we've given up cost to a certain extent, and then security, flexibility," explained Steve Conner, VP of Sales at Cloudistics,in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are focused on SAP running in the clouds, to make this super easy because we believe in the tremendous value of those powerful worlds - SAP and the cloud," explained Frank Stienhans, CTO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"DX encompasses the continuing technology revolution, and is addressing society's most important issues throughout the entire $78 trillion 21st-century global economy," said Roger Strukhoff, Conference Chair. "DX World Expo has organized these issues along 10 tracks with more than 150 of the world's top speakers coming to Istanbul to help change the world."
"Peak 10 is a hybrid infrastructure provider across the nation. We are in the thick of things when it comes to hybrid IT," explained , Chief Technology Officer at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are still a relatively small software house and we are focusing on certain industries like FinTech, med tech, energy and utilities. We help our customers with their digital transformation," noted Piotr Stawinski, Founder and CEO of EARP Integration, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I think DevOps is now a rambunctious teenager – it’s starting to get a mind of its own, wanting to get its own things but it still needs some adult supervision," explained Thomas Hooker, VP of marketing at CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We've been engaging with a lot of customers including Panasonic, we've been involved with Cisco and now we're working with the U.S. government - the Department of Homeland Security," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We're here to tell the world about our cloud-scale infrastructure that we have at Juniper combined with the world-class security that we put into the cloud," explained Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I will be talking about ChatOps and ChatOps as a way to solve some problems in the DevOps space," explained Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, will examine the regulations and provide insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SkyScale will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SkyScale is a world-class provider of cloud-based, ultra-fast multi-GPU hardware platforms for lease to customers desiring the fastest performance available as a service anywhere in the world. SkyScale builds, configures, and manages dedicated systems strategically located in maximum-securit...
"We are an IT services solution provider and we sell software to support those solutions. Our focus and key areas are around security, enterprise monitoring, and continuous delivery optimization," noted John Balsavage, President of A&I Solutions, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, provided a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services with...
The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it’s bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can’t keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Karthik Lalithraj, a Principal Solutions Architect at Kinetica, discussed how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich...