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Andrea Di Maio
Managing VP
15 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Andrea Di Maio is a managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research, covering government and education. His personal research focus is on digital government strategies strategies, Web 2.0, open government, cloud computing, the business value of IT, smart cities, and the impact of technology on the future of government Read Full Bio

One, hundreds, thousands digital champions won’t solve the problem

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 30, 2014

Italy has recently joined other European countries that have named a so-called “digital champion“. The individual chosen for this task is Riccardo Luna, a former sport journalist who has a sharp interest in anything digital and previously headed the Italian version of the Wired magazine. Unlike others in his role, he has immediately called for one digital champion […]

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Five Dos and Five Dont’s for the New Italian Digital Leader

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 11, 2014

On July 10th the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced that new Director general of the Italian Digital Agency would be Alessandra Poggiani. This announcement came after over 150 people applied for the position, made vacant after the previous DG, Agostino Ragosa, resigned. This is the first time a woman has been appointed for the […]

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Will A Digital Father’s Day Ever Be the Same?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 19, 2014

In my country today is Father’s Day . This morning my 17-year old son and my 20-year old daughter handed me their handwritten wishes. They were wonderful as usual, and made me feel their love.  Shortly after I read from a Facebook friend that his younger daughters had sent their wishes via WhatsApp, and I could […]

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Open Source in Government: Back to the Future

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 5, 2014

Yesterday I read an interesting news about the UK government planning to move decisively toward open source in order to reduce both software cost and dependency on specific vendors, such as Microsoft. This reminds me of a flurry of announcements in the early part of the last decade, when cities, regions and entire countries decided […]

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Open Data Can and Will Shift the Power Balance

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2014

The recent case of two students at Yale, who used university data to build a web site that allowed students to plan their schedules while comparing class evaluations and teacher ratings for the past three semesters. shows that unintended uses of data can have a profound impact on organizations, both in the private and in public […]

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The Eight Key Issues of Digital Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 15, 2014

I have not being blogging for quite some time, but a lot has happened in Gartner government research over the last few months. Perhaps the most remarkable achievement has been the redesign of our research agenda to align with the digital government priorities that many of our clients are dealing or are about to deal […]

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A Sad Event Shows the Bright Side of the Web

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 15, 2013

Two nights ago one of the most esteemed Italian Internet experts and pioneers, Marco Zamperini, passed away. With a long career as a CTO and Chief Innovation Officer in technology companies and academa, he was one of the seminal figures that carried on the Web innovation in his country. I never had the chance of […]

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It Is Time To Pull The Plug on EU-Funded IT Research

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 11, 2013

Almost 28 years ago, when I officially entered the IT workforce, I found myself working on a research and development project about the use of the Ada programming language (does anybody remember it?) in distributed computing settings. The project was funded under the Multi Annual Program that the the European Commission had instituted to provide […]

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Tempering the Enthusiasm About a Digital Economy: A Counterpoint

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 8, 2013

The convergence of consumer, enterprise and operational technologies; the pervasiveness of connected devices among people and objects; the confluence of mobile, cloud, social and big data; emerging digital strategies in major corporation and governments. All these signals and trends  justify the strongly held belief that the digital economy era we are entering in will be […]

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Spain and Portugal Have Two Down-To-Earth, No-Nonsense Professionals Leading Government IT

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 1, 2013

A few weeks ago I was in Madrid, discussing about the consolidation and cost containment program that the national government has in place, not unlike those in other European countries. As soon as I landed, I went to a lovely dinner with the then-CIO of the tax agency, Domingo Molina. The Spanish Tax Agency has […]

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