Optimistic Realism - a Groundhog Day Tradition
Episode 4 in a 7-Part Series on Accelerating in the Age of Exponential Government
“How does a government agency (often grappling with tight budgets, aging
infrastructure, and competing citizen and political priorities) move through
modernization to acceleration?”
The answer lay within the six characteristics of exponential leadership
(from Ismail’s Exponential Organizations):
1. Visionary Customer Advocacy
2. Data-Driven Experimentalism
3. Optimistic Realism
4. Extreme Adaptability
5. Radical Openness
Catch up on the entire series at directtechnology.com/exponential-gov/
"Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together." – James C. Penney
Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only beloved character to make an annual appearance and forecast the future. Davood Ghods, Public Sector Prognosticator, once again pronounces Direct Technology’s pragmatic Groundhog Day predictions.
Our outlook is grounded in Optimistic Realism, the third characteristic of Exponential Leadership by Ismail (series overview page): “Leaders who are able to articulate a positive outcome through any scenario, even downside scenarios, will be able to help maintain objectivity within their teams.” This is particularly important in assessing and planning technology enablement for government agencies.
- Augmented Intelligence
- Autonomous Things
California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, and NY are considering blockchain to help manage state records. In addition, Delaware recently awarded a contract to design the electronic distributed ledger, which will be based on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain framework. Some practical uses of blockchain are:
- Lands Record Management: Wyoming has partnered with Overstock.com to put land records on Blockchain
- Tracking transactive energy marketplace / peer-to-peer transactions where customers can buy and sell energy from each other
- Faster ID management on Blockchain for food safety
“Digital identity is the ability to prove an individual’s identity via any government digital channel that is available to citizens. It is critical for inclusion and access to government services….Government CIOs must provision digital identities that uphold both security imperatives and citizen expectations.” Gartner, Oct 2019
- Blockchain voting app (Denver, Colorado ran pilot for Blockchain Voting through Smart phones to allow Voters Cross Border, Active Military Members to cast Vote using Voatz – a blockchain mobile app.)
- Swiss Government Using uPort to Register Zug Citizens. Citizens of Zug, have their own digital, decentralized, sovereign identity. This identity can be used to take part in all government related activities like casting vote, proving identity, etc.
- Continued Cloud Adoption and Anything as a Service (XaaS)
- Data Insights and Innovation (including Privacy):
- The California Consumer Privacy Act aims to give consumers more control over their personal data at a time when breaches are rampant and personal information is mined, sold and used in ways consumers have little say over. Florida recently followed with a proposed bill seeks to take similar steps for consumer data privacy, showing that the CA bill is the harbinger of similar measures that we will see across the country in 2020.
- Transparency/Traceability may not be a “new” trend for data insights, but it’s one that is still hot and will require constant evaluation and updated as the availability of and demand for data increases.
- Additional goals will include improving data use, the use of linked data to drive policy and decisions, and knowledge management in policy areas.
- Increased Funding and Activity in Cybersecurity
The topic of Accessibility is a priority for many agencies in early 2020 as many private sector organizations are commissioned for document and web remediation, getting organizations up to standards. Once compliant, public agencies will need to train their employees to stay up to standards.
- Legacy Modernization and Digital Government:
Customer/citizen experience will remain a hot button. In CA, DMV is the prime example of where improvement is mandated. But for any public agency, scrutiny is constant on how quick and satisfied the customer is after a transaction. The push to digitize as much of the experience to keep customers from having to come into an office building is part of the equation.
One recent advancement key to many of the innovations above, as well as accessibility for underserved communities, is the roll-out of 5G. Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento have led the way in deploying the world’s first commercial 5G networks. Verizon credited “forward-looking state policy and local leaders who embraced innovation and developed a strategic vision for how 5G could be a platform to attract new investment, businesses and next generation services for residents.”
ConclusionAt Direct Technology, we’re optimistic about the ways advances in technology will accelerate innovation to the public sector. We’re also realistic about the need to assess, prioritize and create a roadmap that balances customer-centric innovation with fiscal stewardship. In 2020, we will continue our focus on “the human side of technology,” accelerating technology assessments, modernization roadmaps, cloud migrations, and data-driven applications that provide real, measurable impact for constituents.
Do you forecast changes ahead for your government agency or organization? A great place to start is with an Accessibility Assessment that ensures your organization serves ALL its customers.
Learn how Direct Technology can bring you closer to the human side, more at Government Solutions: directtechnology.com/govsolutions/