About me:

Dr Will Venters is an Assistant Professor in Information Systems and Digital Innovation within the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He speaks regularly at practitioner conferences on various digital business issues, particularly around Digital Ecosystems, Digital Innovation and Cloud Computing; has briefed  European government policy makers and… Read more »

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  • Cloud Expertise Report with Rackspace and Intel

    For a number of months I’ve been working with Rackspace and colleague Carsten Sorensen to undertake a study of the impact of skills and expertise on cloud computing. The report “the cost of cloud expertise” has just been published here. The headline figure is that $258m is lost a year through lack of cloud expertise. […]

  • England’s Electronic Prescription Service: Infrastructure in an Institutional Setting

    Good friends in Oslo (Margunn Aanestad, Miria Grisot, Ole Hanseth and Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou) have just launched their edited a book on Information Infrastructure within European Health Care. The book is open-access meaning you can download it for free here.   Our team’s contribution is chapter 8 which discusses England’s Electronic Prescription Service that we evaluated for NPfIT […]

  • Government as a Platform – an assessment framework

    I’m pleased that my paper with Alan Brown, Jerry Fishenden and Mark Thompson has been published in Government Information Quarterly today! The paper draws together our collective work on platforms and government IT to develop an assessment framework for GaaP (Government as a platform). We then evaluate recent UK government’s digital projects using the framework. “Appraising […]

  • The Enterprise Kindergarten for our new AI Babies? Digital Leadership Forum.

    So where should a CxO be spending their time when evaluating enterprise AI? I would argue they should seek to evaluate both the AI product and their organisation’s “AI kindergarten” in which the “AI product” will grow?

  • Digital infrastructures in organizational agility – Dr Florian Allwein

    It was a great pleasure to see Florian Allwein, my PhD student, successfully defend his PhD today. The thesis has significant lessons for practitioners interested in the role of their digital technology in promoting agility within large organisations. The abstract of Dr Allwein’s thesis: Organizational agility has received much attention from practitioners and researchers in […]

  • Anti-competitive Artificial Intelligence (AI) – [FT.com]

    Yesterday’s FT provides a fascinating article (available here) on the role algorithms may increasingly plan in price-rigging and collusion. While previously humans have colluded to fix prices, today’s algorithms which seek profit maximization may end up colluding in a way which is hard to detect and difficult to stop. Indeed a recent OECD report states: […]

  • Artificial Intelligence and human work.

    The best computer is a man, and it’s the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labour.” (Wernher von Braun) Last night I began to think further about the role of AI and humans in society while attending Future Advocacy’s launch of a report on “Maximising the opportunities and minimising the risks of artificial […]

  • Building Mobility-as-a-Service in Berlin: The rhythms of information infrastructure coordination for smart cities

    Integrating digital systems to help city residents plan seamless journeys
    Many elements of the needed information infrastructure don’t exist yet. Will Venters and Ayesha Khanna studied Berlin’s prototype.

  • Join conversation with Eric Schmidt “From LEO to DeepMind: Britain’s computing pioneers”

    Join me in attending Eric Schmidt (Executive chairman of Alphabet (Google)) in conversation with my colleague Prof Chrisanthi Avgerou on the 14th October here at the LSE. (Note getting a ticket will be difficult – see below for applications) Click for full details : From LEO to DeepMind: Britain’s computing pioneers – 10 – 2016 – Events […]

  • What can Artificial Intelligence do for business?

    I am joining a panel tomorrow at the AI-Summit in London, focused on practical Artificial Intelligence (AI) for business applications. I am to be asked the question “What can Artificial Intelligence do for business?”, so by way of preparation I thought I should try to answer the question on my blog. Perhaps we can break […]