I often think of the public sector as lagging the private sector in the area of information technology (IT), so I was pleased when I read Mike Flowers’ interview with McKinsey Global Institute: Learning from New York City’s open-data effort.  The key points made by the former NYC chief analytics officer are as relevant to private sector companies seeking to maximize the value of information assets as they are to other municipalities embarking on open data initiatives.

Essentially, Flowers says, “technology… is the easy part.”  While we all know that “easy” is a relative term, I agree with Flowers that the bigger challenges often relate to optimizing business process and managing cultural change.  Flowers gives some great examples specific to municipal open data, but leaders in the private sector would be wise to apply the learning to their own information initiatives.

Please share your own thoughts and experiences around the challenges and opportunities of open data.