Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for February, 2010

Will the US Government Mandate the Cloud?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 27, 2010  |  2 Comments

Over the last few weeks there have been rumors about a possible mandate from the OMB to all US federal agencies about the use of cloud computing (see here and here). According to a colleague of mine who attended an AFCEA breakfast last Friday, the US federal CIO Vivek Kundra alluded to the fact that […]


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The GSA Struggles with Cloud Infrastructure

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 26, 2010  |  1 Comment

During the summer of 2009, while it was launching its cloud storefront, the GSA had a RFQ out for Infrastructure-as-a-Service services. It was intended to provide information to fill the IaaS section of Apps.giv, but that section has remained “Coming Soon” until now. Yesterday GSA revealed that they have canceled the current RFQ and […]

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The Dichotomy of Government Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

Yesterday I gave a presentation about cloud computing to a group of European clients from central and local government, followed by a workshop facilitated by a colleague of mine. In the audience there were both representatives from different agencies and from the central IT organization that is tasked with rationalization and consolidation of IT asset […]


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The far-reaching consequences of Google anti-trust and privacy cases on open government and cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 25, 2010  |  2 Comments

Over the last few days, Google has been targeted by authorities in Europe (namely European Commission and Italian Justice) on topics ranging from responsibility for user-generated content that was infringing privacy and copyright laws to anti-competitive practices in ranking search results. As I am not a lawyer I will stay away from any opinion about […]


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Open Government Ideas: A Bit Less Transparency May Help

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 24, 2010  |  4 Comments

The other day I posted about the somewhat disappointing uniformity of ideas submitted to various US federal agencies through the IdeaScale tool. Some read my observations as a criticism to the tool itself or to the approach suggested by the Open Government Directive and nurtured by GSA of using an idea collection and rating tool. […]


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Why the EU Keeps Failing on E-Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 24, 2010  |  3 Comments

Earlier today I got an email from the initiative – which publicizes e-government progress and best practices in the European Union – about a new community they have put together, named PIKE. Here is its description: The PIKE community at is an initiative, running in parallel to the PIKE Fast Track network, funded […]


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Open Government Ideas Look All the Same: Are You Surprised?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 23, 2010  |  29 Comments

I decided to spend some time browsing the Federal Agency Ideascale Dashboard summarizing the progress of various US federal agencies that are collecting ideas in compliance with the Open Government Directive. I started with the Environmental Protection Agency, for no other particular reason than my interest for the environment and my appreciation of what EPA […]


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Two More Nails in the Government Portal’s Coffin

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 19, 2010  |  5 Comments

Being an analyst is often about seeing something that most clients (and vendors) do not see or would not admit, or do so earlier than they do, in order to advise them about how to prepare and deal with the consequences. Sometimes those predictions are controversial, sometimes they are not precise enough, sometimes the timing […]


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Why Do Governments Separate Open Data and Social Media Strategies?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 19, 2010  |  9 Comments

Over the last few days I have been meeting with several clients in federal and state government in the US, and I had the chance to discuss at length about the current status of a few open government initiatives. For those who have been following this blog, I often mention the so-called asymmetry of government […]


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What Exactly Do We Need a Cloud For?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 17, 2010  |  5 Comments

Yesterday I met two US government clients (one state and one county) and we discussed – amongst other things – the promise and potential of cloud computing. As I usually do, I asked them what they had in mind and what candidate applications were on their radar screen for possible deployment onto the cloud. Not […]


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