Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for February, 2009

A Creative Way of “Reducing” IT Costs in Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 23, 2009  |  4 Comments

During my recent three week long visit to Australia, I was not surprised to see that practically every single client meeting was either dominated or making reference to the so-called Gershon Review. This is an independent review of the Australian government’s use of ICT performed in 2008 by Peter Gershon, former UK Treasury’s Chief Executive and […]


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The Party Has Started: Gathering Ideas About How To Spend

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 18, 2009  |  2 Comments

Now that the US President has signed the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act and money must be made available as soon as possible to re-ignite the economy, US states use the Internet to gather ideas from their constituents. One good example is, which allows people to register by their email address and fill a […]


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Don Tapscott Is Really Wrong About Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 14, 2009  |  4 Comments

I have been following Don Tapscott’s ventures into government for a while, after he wrote the very successful Wikinomics. Our paths crossed a couple of times: when he gave an excellent keynote speech at a Gartner Government Summit back in 2007, and when I participated in some EU and World Bank workshop on web 2.0 […]


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Obama Administration Stumbles on Transparency

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 13, 2009  |  5 Comments

I was looking for information about the US stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan) and I finally found it on the blog section of There is post there, inviting to take a look, send thoughts, comments and ideas. I clicked on the link with great expectations and found a page with four further […]


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Stimulus Packages and Consultants: A Tough Question

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 12, 2009  |  1 Comment

At last, agreement has been reached between the US Congress and Senate about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as noted in a blog entry on the White House web site. This is an extraordinary effort that we all hope will have a positive effect on the economy and will trigger what is required to reignite […]

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Two faces of Government Innovation

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 11, 2009  |  Comments Off

A few days ago I spent an hour with two enterprise architects at a Department of Education. Our conversation started talking about the trends we see on the adoption of enterprise architecture in government, and how web 2.0 and the emergence of web-oriented architectures (WOA) are challenging the very premises of whole-of-government EA programs. As […]

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Obama’s CTO Candidate May Become CIO

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 5, 2009  |  1 Comment

According to press reports, the much awaited CTO position in the new US administration are that one of the top candidates may actually fill the role of Director for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget. Vivek Kundra, who is the current CTO of the District of Columbia (and who featured […]

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Web 2.0: Reversing The Perspective

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 3, 2009  |  1 Comment

Today I run a round table in Australia with people coming from state and local government agencies. Part of the discussion was about how to use mashups on the portal owned by a Department of Tourism. One view was that the portal could act as a broker of information coming from different operators (travel agents, […]

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