Dubuque Iowa, Building Constituencies on a Smarter Planet (by IBMSocialMedia)

How do you lead change to make things better in a smarter planet? Dubuque Iowa is working together across public and private organizations to drive change … in partnership with IBM. The city of Dubuque has come together and grown from an unemployment rate which was the highest in the United States at 23% in 1984 to having an unemployment rate that’s less than the state average. Running on a sustainability platform in 2005 Mayor Roy Buol was elected and then re-elected by working collaboratively across local, state and federal lines. The city is a model of how to built constituency—one that transformed Dubuque into “one of the 10 smartest cities on the planet”. The leadership lessons of Dubuque extend beyond issues of state and local government and sustainability to what can work for organizations of all sizes public or private, local or global.

Today, municipalities and citizens more than ever need to understand their patterns of behavior and how to change them. Whether it is in water consumption, traffic patterns or energy use, they need new technologies to enable the change. Our sustainability initiatives in Dubuque prove that, by using advanced analytics, community engagement, and cloud computing, government officials and citizens will have access to real-time data to alter their patterns of behavior, which will save them money. This water sustainability pilot case is a template for communities worldwide that seek to conserve various types of resources.

Quote by Milind Naphade, program director, smarter city services, IBM Research.  Quote found at "Dubuque, Iowa and IBM Combine Analytics, Cloud Computing and Community Engagement to Conserve Water"
The power of analytics for public sector: Building analytics competency to accelerate outcomes 
Complex societal, economic, political and environmental pressures are  placing intense demands on public sector organizations to make smarter  decisions, deliver results and demonstrate accountability.
An unprecedented “information explosion” both facilitates and  complicates the ability of governments and institutions to achieve and  influence desirable outcomes. A tremendous opportunity exists to use the  growing mountain of data to make better fact-based decisions. Yet, the  volume of data and its increasingly diverse and interactive nature can  also paralyze organizations as they try to separate the noteworthy from  the not-worthy.
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The power of analytics for public sector: Building analytics competency to accelerate outcomes

Complex societal, economic, political and environmental pressures are placing intense demands on public sector organizations to make smarter decisions, deliver results and demonstrate accountability.

An unprecedented “information explosion” both facilitates and complicates the ability of governments and institutions to achieve and influence desirable outcomes. A tremendous opportunity exists to use the growing mountain of data to make better fact-based decisions. Yet, the volume of data and its increasingly diverse and interactive nature can also paralyze organizations as they try to separate the noteworthy from the not-worthy.

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