Mitchell Ummel


Mitchell Ummel is Director of Cutter's Government & Public Sector practice and a Senior Consultant with Cutter's Business & Enterprise Architecture practice. Read more ...

Dec 142010

During the past decade, we found Government 2.0 to be evolutionary, serving to increase collaboration and communication through technology-enablement across the domains of Government-to-Citizen (G2C), Government-to-Business (G2B), and Government-to-Government (G2G).  Beginning in 2011, we will see a movement towards Transformational Government 3.0, involving a necessary shake-up of core, longstanding government traditions, through a renewed focus on reinventing how a technology-enabled fabric of governmental processes and people (and the organizations for which they serve) can more effectively and efficiently serve its constituents in the future. [Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

Dec 092010

Starting in 2011, a new type of Cloud is rising in the distance. This cloud isn’t about enterprise class computing or the data center: it’s about information; information about you. Today, every individual has information about him/herself — relationships, digital devices under our control, etc. — spewed across the Internet. Often this information is automatically generated; it’s a form of digital exhaust trailing us as a by-product of how we interact with the Internet. Today, we have little or no control about how this information is used. We are each subject to lopsided and confusing “terms and conditions” for every consumer service. The concept of privacy is continually re-interpreted by Internet-based service providers. The concept Read more

Dec 072010

Starting in 2011, look to a gradual shift away from constraining or contrived architectures, based on outdated analogies with building architecture or the traditional business, application, data/information, technology architecture EA “stack”. Tomorrow’s IT architectures may be more like the analogy where a building is architected in Zero-G (gravity). In such an environment, would we really pour the foundation first, and then establish the support beams and framing to be pre-requisite, dependant, and therefore locked in, for the life of the system? IT architectures — especially application and information architectures based upon emerging Semantic Web-based technologies — are far less constrained, allowing for refactoring, growth, and evolution in a real-time manner. There is no lock-in to Read more

Dec 052010

The Linked Open Data (LOD) cloud has doubled in size approximately every year since 2007 and is now collection of more than 200 datasets that offer more than 25 billion interlinked facts, available across widely diverse domains such as government, scientific, medical, social media, geographic, and other data. All of this publicly accessible data now comprises an estimated 395 million links between around 25 billion RDF statements. Starting in 2011, increasingly interesting and useful Semantically Aware Applications (SAAs), in the form of mashups against this semantically-defined data, will begin to proliferate massively. Look for governments (exemplified by in the United States and in England) — in the continued spirit of transparency and accountability Read more

Jun 292010
Semantic Challenges Through the Looking Glass and in the Real World

In workshops on semantics, I’ve used the example of the conversation between Lewis Carroll’s White Knight and Alice in Through the Looking Glass, of which the subject is a reference to “a song.” As an illustration of the upcoming challenges of information semantics, in that conversation, we find (1) the name of the song, (2) what the name is called, (3) what the song is called, and (4) what the song actually is, to be all quite naturally, but somewhat surprisingly, different: Alice was walking beside the White Knight in Looking-Glass Land. “You are sad,” the Knight said in an anxious tone: “let me sing you a song to comfort you.” “Is it very long?” Read more

Dec 042009

I’ve got a tune stuck in my head again today. Perhaps this happens to you ocassionally too. It’s triggered subliminally by means totally unrelated to music. Fortunately for me, now that my children have grown into teenagers, the tune is less likely to be The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round or The Barney Song! On a nearly daily basis, I read or hear something profound or innovative around the topic of Cloud Computing. The debate surrounding cloud security, privacy, and control now triggers a brain-born rendition of Get Off Of My Cloud, originally recorded in 1965 by the British rock band, the Rolling Stones. “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud Don’t Read more

Sep 252009

Nearly six months ago, the subject for this month’s Cutter IT Journal was conceived, and I was flattered to be invited to serve as the guest editor. Through the collective volunteer efforts (involving thousands of hours) by seven outstanding contributing authors, the set of cutting edge opinion, entitled “The Rise of the Semantic Enterprise”, has now been born. A few quick excerpts follow: “By exploiting the technologies of the Semantic Web, a semantic enterprise can create a people-machine continuum that enhances business agility”. “The emerging Semantic Web will require us to dramatically rethink traditional notions of how business, data/information, application, and technology architectures are conceptualized and realized within an enterprise.” “If CIOs are serious about Read more