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Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra speaks about Government 2.0

Video – Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra

Vivek Kundra covers a lot of Government 2.0 ground in this video and the audience had several good questions about the Government’s Open Data initiatives.  This is a long video, but it is also packed with information about where we are headed with Government 2.0.

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Gov 2.0 moving forward with Apps.Gov

This is an intelligent idea, an app store for the Government.  This is a very interesting concept, I think we all learned a thing or two from Apple’s iPhone app store which can be applied to how we all use technology.  I recommend taking a quick look at their “Cloud Computing” video (upper right corner) on https://apps.gov/cloud/advantage/main/home.do

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App store for the Government

See what others have done: Open Government Intitative – Innovations

All kinds of people have created all type of apps and solutions using Government data to help citizens.  You can now see their great work on display in the Innovations Gallery at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/innovations

Government 2.0 Innovations Gallery
Government 2.0 Innovations Gallery

Government Data is available on Data.gov for your Gov 2.0 Apps

The U.S. Government has released high-value datasets to meet the Open Government Directive http://www.data.gov/

Government Data
Government Data

How do I connect with other Gov 2.0 people?

There are many organizations and citizens involved with Government 2.0.  You can find many of them by searching “Government 2.0″ on Twitter or the web.  There are also many groups on Google and Facebook.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

How Do I Get Started with Gov 2.0 Data Today?

You can get started today with Presto Cloud – Community Edition.  A ton of datasets are available and you can just “drag-n-drop” to create your first Government 2.0 widget.  The Mashup Developer Community perfers the term “Mashup”.  You can connect with community members here http://www.jackbe.com/enterprise-mashup/ Join the Mashup Developer Community.

Presto on the Cloud: Community Edition
Presto on the Cloud: Community Edition

Launch Presto Cloud Wires with “Create Mashups”

This is your dashboard after logging into Presto Cloud.  You can create custom displays of your selected data by clicking on “create mashups”.

Presto Cloud Dashboard
Presto Cloud Dashboard

Connect Your Data & Choose Display

Presto Wires
Presto Wires

Congress by State & Missed Votes

Congress by State & Missed Votes: VA
Congress by State & Missed Votes: VA

There are many people working together to help reconnect citizens and government.  I hope to see more as we move forward.

The Art of Enterprise Architecture in E 2.0

Thoughts on Enterprise Architecture (EA) for E 2.0 Solutions

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Photo of Pyramid & Sphinx of Khafre/Chefren in Giza Egypt by Ankur P
Photo of Pyramid & Sphinx of Khafre/Chefren in Giza Egypt by Ankur P

The Cornerstone of Enterprise 2.0 ROI

The cornerstone of enterprise architecture in your organization unites people and process.  Yes, I put “people” first because I believe if you put process or even technology before “people” is the fast-track to failure and your organization will soon look like a scene from that movie 2012.  I hear so many organizations say they value people, “Our customers come first…”, “We value our employees…”, this core value seems lost on some enterprise projects.  The strategy of capturing return on investment (ROI) is “listening”.  Listen to your employees.

  • What is in their way of helping you and your organization on the path to success?
  • Who has the next great idea that will catapult your organization past your competitors?
  • What if this great idea came from multiple sources? How would you connect them?

Your customers are smart about your products and services.  Your customers are also smart about your competitors products and services.  You may not be able to find a customer that knows everything, but a gathering of your customers can help you learn more than you know now.  Listen to your customers.

  • What do they like most about your products or services?
  • What do they like least about your products or services?
  • Who prevents them from always using your products and services?
  • When do they need your products or services most?
  • Where are they and how can you get more?

You are smart.  You have thoughts and ideas about a strategy for a positive future.  You also have many resources at your disposal to help shape these thoughts and ideas into plans.  You can connect with unlimited resources to help execute these plans.  Listen to you.

  • What would make your life easier?
  • When do you share with others?
  • Where can you connect with others?
  • Why would you hide knowledge?
One Cloud by Liber
One Cloud by Liber

The Cloud is Moving into the Enterprise

Cloud Computing is moving toward the enterprise or maybe its the other way around.  Amazon (Elastic Compute Cloud [Amazon EC2] ) has a facility near Washington DC, actually just down the street from my house.  We also welcome IBM into the DC neighborhood, see what IBM thinks about Cloud Computing.  The movement towards Government 2.0 will also have government agencies thinking more about cloud computing.  You can see what Vivek Kundra (The Federal Government’s CIO) thinks about the future of Government IT in this report by David C. Wyld Moving to the Cloud: An Introduction to Cloud Computing in Government”.

The Art of Enterprise Architecture in E 2.0

The art of enterprise architecture is all about connecting people and leveraging resources.

You may not be ready for the cloud yet, but there are many resources to help you with your needs.  The key to information architecture is to capture knowledge in “Shareable Content Objects”.  I believe the day of creating “web sites”, “portals”, and such will soon come to an end.  The future is about less risk and distributed responsibility with Platforms, “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) [ Cloudware ]  We will be free to focus on connections and content for distribution channels. The content distribution channels will continue blending together as we see mobile, web, and traditional media becoming one.

5 Favorite Resources for Platform Development

Enterprise 2.0 Strategy

The process of implementing enterprise 2.0 is a broad topic.  Ross Dawson does a great job covering this in his book, “Implementing Enterprise 2.0: A Practical Guide To Creating Business Value Inside Organizations With Web Technologies”  You can also find some great people and resources from the “Enterprise 2.0 Conference“, I have a small article about the conference here: 5 Trends Supporting the Future of Enterprise 2.0 There are a lot of smart people sharing their expertise on the web, here are just a few of my favorites this week.

This next one is older, but important

Open Source: Social Media, Web, Government, & US 2.0 #oscon

Open Source: Social Media, Web, Government, & US 2.0 #oscon

Mobile Enterprise 2.0 and Social Media growth explosion happens because of Crowd Sourcing and Open Source. The world is changing and we have great opportunities in front of us. The Web 2.0 and Government 2.0 movement is taking us into new frontiers where we will explore fresh new ways of communication and collaboration. There have been many things going on this week that has me thinking more about the internet as an operating system. Open Source: “Some of the best things in life are free”. While the value of open source is recognized by more private companies and government agencies, I am wondering more about the future of open source. Here are a few videos I hope you share with your friends.

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“Once again, this nation has said there are no dreams too large, no innovation unimaginable and no frontiers beyond our reach.” ~ John S. Herrington

“Rebuilding the World” by Don Tapscott

The global economic crisis is a wakeup call to the world: we need to rethink and rebuild many of the organizations and institutions that have served us well for decades, but now have come to the end of their life cycle. The financial services industry, for example, does not just need fresh infusion of capital or some new regulations; it needs a whole new operating model — one based on transparency, sharing of intellectual property and global governance.

The new keynote “Rebuilding the World” by Don Tapscott from Sander Duivestein on Vimeo.

Tim O’Reilly: Open Source & Government 2.0 – DIO #oscon

US Now

A film about democracy, mass collaboration and the internet. Featuring interviews with Alan Cox, Matthew Taylor, Liam Daish, Clay Shirky, George Osborne MP, and Ed Milliband MP.

Net Neutrality Open Source Documentary

Remember this? Barack Obama: On Net Neutrality

The Sweet Music of Service Oriented Architecture SOA!

What is Service Oriented Architecture? SOA

You can find a lot of explanations about Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) packed with geek speak.  Wikipedia’s definition of Service Oriented Architecture is very detailed and ends with pointing to the interesting concept of Zero Latency Enterprise, which leads us to cloud computing.  I like the way XML.com explains SOA.  “Things should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.” ~ Albert Einstein

All developers may not be ready for Service Oriented Architecture, but all good developers should learn the basic concept.  Here is a quick video about SOA that I found helpful and entertaining.

SOA/Enterprise 2.0 Resources:

David Linthicum’s Cloud Computing and SOA Convergence in Your Enterprise: A Step-by-Step Guide

Smash the Silos, Mash the SOA, Share the Mashups…

Implementing Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

Enterprise 2.0, SOA, Cloud: Ten Fearless Predictions

ReST + Context For Killer Apple iPhone Apps in the Enterprise: WE 2.0

Apple iPhone + Cloud Computing + G3 = Killer Wireless Enterprise 2.0 Apps

The Apple iPhone is very powerful by itself, but when you combine it with RESTful web services in the cloud the possibilities look endless.  Wireless Enterprise 2.0 (WE 2.0) apps can pass heavy processing off the device and into the Cloud which gives us the ability to create amazing capabilities for small devices.  I met Jason Christensen a few days ago and he had great insight to this approach.  I thought you would be interested in how he thinks about this topic.  He was kind enough to put his content into a sharable format for you below.

Combining ReST and Context for Killer iPhone Apps

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How have you extended the capabilities of your Apple iPhone?

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