Servicing the Internet of Things and the New Digital Economy

by Charles Brooks, Featured Contributor

WE ARE EMERGING into a digital era comprised of more than 50 billion connected devices, smart cities, smart homes, smart businesses, and smart governments. Almost everything and anything will be interfaced with sensors and fully automated in the near future. It’s safe to say that our lives are going to be transformed completely because of digital technology. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to impact economies up to $6.2 trillion annually by the year economy

The economic and scientific implications of the IoT and the new digital economy, is creating much discussion and speculation among thought leaders. The conceptual framework of both are vast, nebulous, and encompass many “disruptive” technological topics including; big data, predictive analytics, cybersecurity, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, wearables, embedded internet, virtual realities, the cloud, and mobility. The list is almost endless and correlates to how we function with transportation, public safety, health, energy, entertainment, finance, retail, and every other sector that I failed to mention.

As we rapidly continue to evolve into the IoT and the new digital economy, a thought comes to mind: how do we monitor and service the IoT? One thing to keep in mind is that as IoT evolves, government agencies will need to keep up with customer relationship management all while being resilient at the same time.

Responsiveness, scalability, processes, and efficiency are needed to best service any new technology or capability. In the private sector, business process outsourcing (BPO) and IT outsourcing are allowing companies, institutions and organizations to offsite much of their operational work for digitization and document management, transaction processing, and customer care desks and help centers.

Experienced companies who manage BPO customer service operate by employing the best technical and commercial practices. These companies have invested in the “latest and greatest” automation tools, image detection technologies and voice analytics.

In the public sector, government agencies are being tasked to keep pace with expanding customers service requirements emanating from the connected economy. New citizen engagement strategies involving technology, policy, programs, and intra/inter-agency collaboration are required to address the avalanche of needs and fixes associated with interoperability and the IoT of smart government. The same BPO approaches of automation and digitization that are being utilized in the private sector are now being adopted into government agencies including call centers, data centers and document record centers. Government agencies must also keep abreast of new digital trends.

Last April, at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, the “nexus of forces” converging to create technology trends for smart government were identified. The included 1)P ersonal Mobile Workplace, 2) Mobile Citizen Engagement, 3) Big Data and Actionable Analytics, 4) Cost Effective Open Data, 5) Citizen Managed Data. 6) Hybrid IT and Cloud, 7) Internet of Things, 8) Cross Domain Interoperability, 9) BPM for Case Management, and 10) Gamification for Engagement. I agree will their identification of trends and add that category 7 is the nexus glue.

Andrea Di Maio, Managing Vice President at Gartner, summed up the strategic technology trends: “Smart government integrates information, communication and operational technologies to planning manage and operations across multiple domains, process areas and jurisdictions to generate sustainable public value.”

Indeed, generating sustainable public value will determine the success of the IoT and the new digital economy. There will be a growing requirement for accountability that will be measured by constituents and consumers on the rapid ability to fix problems and address issues. When things are interrupted, broken, or need to be investigated, they need to be effectively serviced both in industry and in government or the system will fail.

Editor’s Note: This Article originally appeared on XeroxBlogs and is featured here with permission.


Chuck Brooks
Chuck Brooks
Chuck Brooks is a globally recognized thought leader and evangelist for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn”. He was named by Thompson Reuters as a “Top 50 Global Influencer in Risk, Compliance,” and by IFSEC as the “#2 Global Cybersecurity Influencer” in 2018. He is also a Cybersecurity Expert for “The Network” at the Washington Post, Visiting Editor at Homeland Security Today, and a Contributor to FORBES. In government, Chuck has received two senior Presidential appointments. Under President George W. Bush Chuck was appointed to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the first Legislative Director of The Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He also was appointed as Special Assistant to the Director of Voice of America under President Reagan. He served as a top Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. In local government, he also worked as an Auxiliary Police officer for Arlington, Virginia. In industry, Chuck has served in senior executive roles for General Dynamics as the Principal Market Growth Strategist for Cyber Systems, at Xerox as Vice President & Client Executive for Homeland Security, for Rapiscan and Vice President of R & D, for SRA as Vice President of Government Relations, and for Sutherland as Vice President of Marketing and Government Relations. In academia, Chuck is Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University’s Applied Intelligence Program and graduate Cybersecurity Programs where he teaches courses on risk management, homeland security, and cybersecurity. He was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a graduate course on homeland security for two years. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.

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