Alan Pentz

Partner, Corner Alliance Alan Pentz is a partner and co-founder of Corner Alliance, a Washington-based consulting firm that focuses on helping government clients build strategies to stay relevant in and capitalize on today's shifting technological landscape. He is a former Capitol Hill staffer and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Contact him at, or follow him on Twitter at @apentz
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Agencies Can Seed Future Success With Creative Investment

February 8, 2016 For several decades, government investment in research and development has been on a downward trajectory. Federal R&D spending now accounts for just under 1 percent of GDP versus 2 percent for private sector R&D. As a result, it is more important than ever for government to partner with the private...

Be Prepared: Disruption Is Coming

February 1, 2016 We see a lot of headlines in the commercial sector about the consequences of technology disruption. Barnes and Noble disrupted the local book store and then Amazon disrupted Barnes and Noble. Apple disrupted music and the personal camera market, which had already been through a disruption as film gave way...

The Path for Federal R&D Is Changing

December 30, 2015 “Industry now accounts for the vast majority of national R&D, which has been growing for decades.” That’s a quote from a January 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science report on national research and development. While there was a brief uptick with the American Recovery Act, federal research and...

Strategy Is About Tough Decisions

December 22, 2015 Strategy is a broad topic and word that is used so often that it can become meaningless. In my mind it really comes down to one thing. No matter the arena (government, nonprofits, commercial enterprises), strategy is all about making choices. If you haven’t made any tough choices, you don’t...

Don’t Over Collaborate

December 14, 2015 Collaboration is something almost everyone agrees is a good thing. It’s become almost axiomatic in management and leadership literature that collaboration is an unalloyed good. Surely, knowing how to collaborate well is something that will set you and your organization apart. However, any strength overused can become a weakness. I...

How to Build Better State and Local Partnerships

November 18, 2015 For many federal agencies, working with state and local stakeholders is a must. They simply can’t achieve their mission without state and local collaboration and participation. While building those partnerships is important, it certainly isn’t easy. Given the federal nature of our government, there are a few key issues you...

The Internet of Things: Is Your Agency Program Ready?

August 4, 2015 The Internet of Things is a phenomenon that will radically reshape our world. BI Intelligence estimates the number of smart devices connected to the Internet will triple within just a few years. As sensors and other devices are placed in everything from thermostats to watches to combine harvesters, the amount...

How to Build a Next Gen Program That Works

July 23, 2015 Next gen is a big buzzword in government right now. As with any buzzword, it’s been overused and misused, but fundamentally it signifies the pressures and changes that technology is creating for federal programs and agencies. The terms are familiar: cloud computing, ubiquitous mobility, big data, social media, open data,...

What is a Stakeholder? 6 Things You Should Know

March 18, 2015 The word stakeholder is used to mean many different things in government, the nonprofit sector and in business. It’s a broad and confusing term that takes in everyone who has any interest in what an organization does. They have a “stake” or interest in the decisions and fate of your...

5 Strategic Planning Mistakes to Avoid in 2015

January 23, 2015 Now that we are beginning 2015, many nonprofit and government leaders are rethinking their strategies and strategic plans. Just like most New Year’s resolutions, strategic goals are easy to plan but difficult to implement. We have a little advice for leaders trying to get out of that typical cycle. Here...

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