Enabling a Smart City through Smart Governance

More than ever, competitiveness is of utmost importance for Cities. It is the difference between attracting the right ingredients for an healthy population, thriving economy, or loosing these.

A City must be agile, fast to act, deliver swift reaction when required, sharp and engaging.
A City must be the pulsating living organism that attracts all good that life has to offer to its citizens, a beacon of prosperity and security.

A City must be the living symbol of the potential that each of its citizens can unleash.

Fact is, if you’re lagging on decision making, if you’re not delivering decisions when they’re needed – when you finally do, your actions towards execution will come when it’s too late… and while you keep adding each one of those laggard decisions with their faltering executions happening when relevance is degrading, nothing hurts more the economy of a place than the passage of inconsequent time. While others are going at it and getting to the best piece of the pie.

Ultimately the faster your decision making processes, the better your adaptability ratio is, and hence competitiveness.

So why Smart Governance?

You may throw as much money and resources at it as you wish… if you’re slow deciding, when you finally act the bandwagon has already passed.


EDUCAUSE 2014, Orlando, FL, U.S.A.: Smart Governance for Higher Education Institutions

In a few hours we’ll be leaving to Orlando, FL, for EDUCAUSE 2014, to share our thoughts on Smart Governance in Higher Ed, and our contribution with our Board Meeting Enterprise.

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference presents a robust, community-generated program that explores today’s toughest IT issues facing higher education.

Higher Ed. RollupIf you’re curious about how we can help Smart Governance adoption with Board Meeting Enterprise on your Higher Education Institution, drop by the Startup Alley – we’ll be fairly easy to spot thanks to our blue Board Meeting rollup.

For you, we’ll have case studies, presentation, demo of our product, a lot of stories from the field and direct contact with the people who define our product roadmap.

blog-bmSurface3ProposalLast but not least, a limited deal opportunity only available for the attendees of EDUCAUSE 2014… Curious?

When the event is finished, we’ll head to Miami for meetings, meetings, meetings – that we also look forward to. If you’re interested in meeting, we still have a few slots available on Friday the 3rd/October.

See you in Florida!


A new approach, a fresh start

Every now and then you find an Organization that is struggling with the day-to-day and stuck in a pattern of reactive behaviors towards their environment.

What will it take for the realization that the repetition of the same choices and actions are likely to produce the same results – hurting competitiveness.
On the hyper-demanding World that we live in, that is working very hard towards extinction.

Adoption of IT solutions helps, but you can only make a difference if you take the opportunity to rethinking how your Organization is acting on the day-to-day, to simplify and obtain desired consequences out of the daily efforts.
Little sense resides on recreating what is not working, or is not agile, on any IT tool that you bring in.

Everyday is an opportunity for change. And change always brings good things.

Fear not. Change the World.


Food for thought

Daring to re-think Governance practices?

Modern decision makingAn institution that drowns on lengthy workflows, that is slow to decide and that struggles on constant reaction, has its culture and competitiveness degraded over time and is working very hard in becoming defunct.

The perpetuation of last centuries practices on decision making is vicious in the form of the energy and resources that these workflows consume on a nowadays hyper-demanding World.
It hurts competitiveness and, throughout the Organization hierarchical ranks, ravages people’s energy in tasks that are rapidly rendered pointless on a very short term.

Trying to masquerade improvement by only addressing agenda management isn’t enough.

A deeper change is in order and it should always start at the top and aim at covering the end-to-end.