Unsustainable Government – #gov20

Time to move past where we were built and into what we could be - #PaaS #Gov20

Time to move past where we were built and into what we could be – #PaaS #Gov20

Queensland in Australia is struggling amidst an unsustainable government technology posture.  It developed over decades.  It must end now.  The problem is highlighted in a discussion over the first round of job cuts that will result from brave new steps the government is looking to take.

The problem is far from unique in QLD.  It is global.  It is local.  It exists in your schools, in your local council, in your regional government, in state departments and inside each of our central governments.  It is not necessary.  It is a challenging problem, but not nearly as intractable as the issues that are starved for funding because we refuse to solve the IT problem.

But there is incredibly good news.  The components exist to fix it.  The technologies needed are now robust.  The security top notch.  We have citizen developers standing at the ready and showing up at hackathons to provide the innovation and a private sector ecosystem that can support it long term.

So, CIO’s, Ministers of ICT, Premiers, Mayors, Governors, pay heed.  I don’t care which cloud platform you switch to (OK, I have an opinion, but you get what I am saying).  I do care that you tear down these walls.  Eliminate the infrastructure tax.  Stop paying the Software tax.  It is starving missions in need of reform.  And, if you accomplish the brave switch, you will have resources to deploy as you need and agility to do things unheard of before.

THe time is now.

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Matt Miszewski has been a leader of incredible teams, that accomplished unbelievable goals - together. From rebuilding an enterprise technology strategy from the ground up as Chief Information Officer of the State of Wisconsin to driving a struggling global sales and marketing team to live beyond their potential and helping take their stock from $45/sh to over $110/sh, I have been honored to take on huge challenges and beat them by building collaborative and high performing teams. I was proud to be a regular speaker on Digital Realty's earnings call each quarter and being able to brief and advise the Board of Directors each quarter. Focusing on our shareholders needs while coupling that focus with the needs of our top customers was the combination the street was searching for and our increase in equity value proves the effort worthwhile. Our focus on total leasing costs, net present value of long term leases, closing the gap on cash performance and elimination of stagnant inventory helped to drive a stalled stock. Most proud of standing up a revenue engine that will be used for decades including a renewed global salesforce, inside sales expertise, demand generation focus, new global Partners and Alliances program, sales operations team and a heightened focus on connecting lead development to sales outcomes (including a new social marketing program, AR/PR, digital presence, brand identity refresh, SEO/SEM and a regular campaigning process). Combining decades of technology leadership with this commercial success creates an incredible package to unleash revenue and hack growth for companies from any industry out there.

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