Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Srinivasan Sundara Rajan, Darren Anstee, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

Socrata Partners with Ethos to Deliver Government Open Performance Solution in the United Kingdom and Europe

Socrata, a Seattle and London-based, open government, open data, and open performance solutions company, has announced a strategic partnership with UK headquartered, Ethos, the leading provider of “Smart City” solutions. Together, Socrata and Ethos will partner to deliver an open performance solution specifically designed to create measurable outcomes for cities and municipalities in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe.

Powered by Socrata’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, the open performance solution will enable government organizations of all sizes to solve real-world problems associated with most aspects of governance including: transportation, health, energy, citizen services, spending transparency, and more. The solution includes an open data portal, government apps, performance measurement and implementation, and support services – all delivered on Socrata’s secure cloud platform.

Cities and other government organizations using the solution are expected to achieve significant benefits including:

  • Improving the lives of the citizens they serve in ways that go far beyond creating government “transparency,” such as access to better health care, providing information about air quality and recreational services, access to real-time parking information and other “smart-car” services, lower crime through real-time street light monitoring and other open data-sensory technologies, and more.
  • Goal-based governance through performance measurement to increase efficiency and deliver financial and electoral transparency.
  • Lowering the cost of IT spending through a cloud-based, fully online solution that minimizes the need for long-term contracts and professional services engagements.
  • Delivering real-time data to citizens when they need it and in the context by which they can most easily consume it – via apps, maps, and online dashboards, fed by open data.

Socrata CEO and Founder Kevin Merritt sees the massive opportunity of data-driven governing and decision-making in the public sector in the UK and throughout Europe and believes strategic partnerships are the best way to offer Socrata’s open data platform to government organizations globally. Merritt says, “Through our partnership with Ethos, we begin our ambitious global expansion strategy, having achieved significant market adoption for our platform and cloud-based solutions at state and local governments throughout the United States. We believe Ethos and its ‘Smart City’ approach to creating meaningful outcomes for UK cities, councils, boroughs and ministries across the UK perfectly complements Socrata’s mission. Ethos brings the culture, credibility, and local connections Socrata has sought in a UK-based partner. We look forward to partnering with Ethos to increase the impact opening government data in actionable ways can have on government in the UK and beyond.”

Adrian Ulisse, Managing Director, who oversees the Ethos Smart business unit of Ethos Valuable Outcomes, Ltd., says:

“Our partnership with Socrata empowers Ethos to change the way government organizations contract for and consume technology solutions. Gone are the days of long-term contracts, costly and lengthy software implementations, and complex technologies that don’t get used by governments. With Socrata’s open performance solution, we are delivering on the promise of our company’s vision for Smart Cities. We look forward to leveraging the success of Socrata in the U.S. to bring a proven, simple, yet robust, data solutions to our UK public sector clients, in combination with our trusted service. This solution will be a great way for us to expand across Europe and in other markets seeking solutions that can be solved through open data.”

The partnership also directly supports a number of UK government open data initiatives, including the UK Government’s Open Data Strategy1, the Department for Innovation and Skills Industrial Strategy2, and the recent Cabinet Office National Information Infrastructure3 initiative.

One of the key outcomes of the partnership is to increase access to and real-time availability of all open data through common application programming interfaces (APIs) to innovators – such as computer engineers, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs. With open data more easily and readily available, these “consumers” of open data will be able to accelerate their own goals, projects and business ventures. An increase in open data availability and standard consumption policy and practices means the creation of new approaches, jobs, social services, and new products and services that can be used to solve challenges in cities and other government organizations.

About Socrata:

Socrata is the cloud software company focused exclusively on democratizing access to data in government. We help government leaders improve transparency, modernize citizen and developer access to information, and bring facts into every decision, with unprecedented speed and cost savings. Delivered as turnkey cloud services, Socrata’s data consumerization products unlock data in enterprise silos and transform it into useful information that everyone can easily access, visualize, share and reuse. Innovators like the World Bank, Medicare, the United Nations Development Programme, the Netherlands, New York City, the United Kingdom, the Lombardia region in Italy, Chicago, San Francisco, and Maryland, have all chosen Socrata as the data sharing platform for their open innovation initiatives. To learn more about Socrata, visit www.socrata.com or follow @socrata on Twitter.

About Ethos:

Ethos Valuable Outcomes Group, “Ethos,” was founded in 2011 and is a social entrepreneurship formed from senior consultants, executives and public servants who have come together to resolve complex problems and set up innovative operations and organizations. Ethos clients include central government departments, cities, local government and major corporations. Ethos Smart facilitates and implements initiatives, products, and services in the smart city and government sectors.

To learn more about Ethos or open performance solutions by Socrata visit www.ethossmart.com or follow @EthosSmart on Twitter.

1 HM Government: Seizing the data opportunity. A strategy for UK data capability
2 BIS: Information Economy Strategy
3 Cabinet Office National Information Infrastructure

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
I'm a lonely sensor. I spend all day telling the world how I'm feeling, but none of the other sensors seem to care. I want to be connected. I want to build relationships with other sensors to be more useful for my human. I want my human to understand that when my friends next door are too hot for a while, I'll soon be flaming. And when all my friends go outside without me, I may be left behind. Don't just log my data; use the relationship graph. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Boyd, Engi...
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
SYS-CON Events announced today the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp, being held November 1-2, 2016, in conjunction with 19th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but with hands-on demos and detailed walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of real world use cases prototyped using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark, and Intel Edison. Y...
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
SYS-CON Events announced today that China Unicom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE F...
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
IoT is fundamentally transforming the auto industry, turning the vehicle into a hub for connected services, including safety, infotainment and usage-based insurance. Auto manufacturers – and businesses across all verticals – have built an entire ecosystem around the Connected Car, creating new customer touch points and revenue streams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy at Cisco Jasper, will share real-world examples of how IoT transforms the car from a static p...
Big Data has been changing the world. IoT fuels the further transformation recently. How are Big Data and IoT related? In his session at @BigDataExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will explore the interplay of Big Data and IoT. He will anatomize Big Data and IoT separately in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. He will then analyze the relationship between IoT and Big Data, specifically the drilldown of how the 4Vs of Big Data (Volume, Variety,...
Video experiences should be unique and exciting! But that doesn’t mean you need to patch all the pieces yourself. Users demand rich and engaging experiences and new ways to connect with you. But creating robust video applications at scale can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Zohar Babin, Vice President of Platform, Ecosystem and Community at Kaltura, will discuss how VPaaS enables you to move fast, creating scalable video experiences that reach your...
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the protocols that communicate data and the emerging data analy...
WebRTC adoption has generated a wave of creative uses of communications and collaboration through websites, sales apps, customer care and business applications. As WebRTC has become more mainstream it has evolved to use cases beyond the original peer-to-peer case, which has led to a repeating requirement for interoperability with existing infrastructures. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Graham Holt, Executive Vice President of Daitan Group, will cover implementation examples that have enabled ea...