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SmartStart: Modeling private sector finance adoption for SmartStart cities

smartstartA growing number of global cities are approaching smart transformation through a series of smaller projects, typically costing a few thousand to a few million Euros. Public sector budgets are often insufficient to take advantage of the benefits of smart city development, and so alternative forms of finance from the private sector has become a priority. This global study estimates the potential accessible funding that the top 40% of cities could be raising from private sector asset finance for these smaller-scale ‘SmartStart’ investments. Continue reading…

State of the Cloud report 2016 by RightScale

rightshare0This report illustrates the findings of a large scale survey conducted by RightScale in 2016, regarding the adoption of cloud computing. In total, 1,060 technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations took part in the survey. The findings identified by this report are crucial in terms of presenting the state-of-the-art on cloud computing and its possible future evolution. Continue reading…

The Potential Value of Open Data

MGI_Open_data_Full_report_Oct_2013-6Open data may generate significant economic value, according to a new McKinsey report. The report “Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information” suggests that seven sectors alone could generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value as a result of open data, which is already giving rise to hundreds of entrepreneurial businesses and helping established companies to segment markets, define new products and services, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Continue reading…

Funding Smart City Projects

Funding Smart City Projects has been recently set at the centre of the interest of many urban analysts. IBM’s executive Rick Robinson, in his two sequential posts, lists ten ways to pay for Smart City initiatives. Continue reading…

Forrester Research on Smart Cities

The report “Getting Clever About Smart Cities: New Opportunities Require New Business Models”, from Forrester Research explores the role the information and communications technology (ICT) will play in creating the foundation for smart cities — whether those cities are newer communities being built from scratch or centuries-old metropolises. Continue reading…

The Emerging Transition To Social Business Models

Dion Hinchcliffe created a new core visual for thinking about social business models. This visual captures the fundamental shifts that are happening in the global marketplace today, in particular social business, including the following fundamental transitions: Continue reading…

Discussion on innovation models

Kathy Sierra author of Creating Passionate Users blog opens a new discussion on the best model of innovation – once that is centered on ideas as against one that is focussed on execution. Continue reading…

Encyclopedia of Digital Government

The Encyclopedia of Digital Government, edited by Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko (University of Tampere, Findland) and Matti Malkia (The Police College of Finland) offers a comprehensive coverage of issues, concepts, trends, and technologies of digital government (or electronic government).

The challenges and future prospects faced by governments at different institutional levels, Continue reading…