Computer Weekly has reprinted an article that I penned when considering NextGen and Digital Challenge themes for 2016. It’s impossible to rank their significance but in top place I have the Collaborative Economy – collaborative skills being now recognised as a fundamental for all manner of ventures, community projects and public sector initiatives.
New metrics for capturing Quality of Experience will gain supremacy over the poverty of legacy QoS measures (see previous post 8/12). That trend will inform regulatory efforts – not least in considering digital futures. Much will depend on regulatory expectations of (and insistence on) corporate capacity to collaborate. In many ways Collaborative Advantage will outplay old notions of Competitive Advantage.
Open Data will also contribute to a richer 2016 – particularly in Health and in Municipal Enterprise. Here again collaborative skills will fuel progress – and once again leave non-participants wondering why their grand schemes fail to deliver. Under the spotlight of new evidence, Municipal Enterprise will, in 2016, become openly and honestly discussed. The ‘art of the possible’ will no longer be assessed by an elite but liberated by data journalists and the shift towards more Open Corporate Data as enterprises begin to catch up with the public sector.
And finally 2016 will be the year when the UK wakes up to the realisation that digital access infrastructure investment is much more than searching for quick fixes by trying to adapt legacy networks designed for analogue telephony. Digital access design is significantly different – and the entire UK economy demands fresh (collaborative) future-proofed approaches.