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Posted by Jennifer Belissent, Ph.D. on June 21, 2012
If there is one theme that jumps out of my most recent client discussions, it is the need for business smarts in our approach to smart cities. Cities are faced with a barrage of vendor solutions pitched as the holy grail of X, where X is public safety or transportation or some other city department. I feel like the smart city discussion has reached of fevered pitch with conferences, congresses, expos and summits cropping up around the world. But what is real and now as opposed to truly aspirational and future?
In short, real smarts is about business smarts, not necessarily smart technology. It's about pragmatism. It’s about recognizing the value of the shiny new object, but being able to ignore it long enough to build a solid foundation on which to put it. It’s about using technology intelligently, rather than focusing on what’s new and cool. And, it’s about figuring out the business model to sustain the investment in the shiny new object – when the time is right to buy it.
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