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Archives for April, 2010


A Freudian Slip in Assessing Open Government Plans

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 30, 2010  |  4 Comments

Some of those who read my blog may have noticed that, while I have been covering the developments around the Open Government Directive until its last deadline (April 7), I’ve been remarkably silent afterwards. What I have been doing over the last couple of weeks has been to try to assess the many open government [...]

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CIOs Brainstorm About Government 2.0: Good Ideas But Not Bold Enough

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 29, 2010  |  8 Comments

During the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum held in London earlier this week, I had the pleasure of running two workshops on the topic of how to use Government 2.0 to contain costs and innovate. Both sessions were attended by a cross section of European, national, state and local administration CIOs from several different countries. Each [...]

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Community Clouds from Governments to Banks Will Challenge Vendors

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 27, 2010  |  1 Comment

In discussions about cloud computing, I have often said that government is somewhat special, as there is a clear case for groups of agencies or entire jurisdictions to come together and agree on common requirements, hence leading to a form of non-public cloud that – according to NIST definition – is called “community cloud” (see [...]

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Can An Open Government Be Run As A Business?

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

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting an interesting state CIO. The conversation concerned the ever-lasting debate about centralization versus decentralization and to what extent lesson learned in the private sector can be applied to government. He clearly thinks that there are few excuses for government not to apply best practices from other industries [...]

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How Much Does Local Government Really Use the Cloud?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 23, 2010  |  1 Comment

As reported by Government Technology, the Public Technology Institute recently surveyed 93 local government IT executives to find out what they are doing and planning with cloud computing. Here are some of the highlights: top three reasons for using or planning to use the cloud: Resource savings (staff time, maintenance and support): 87% Features: 48% [...]

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Government as Cloud User, Provider, Broker or What?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 22, 2010  |  4 Comments

Yesterday I attended a session about cloud computing organized by the central IT organization of a US state. Like many internal government IT service providers, they are developing a cloud computing strategy to improve their service offering to client agencies and to reduce their costs. I was positively impressed as they have been focusing on [...]

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Government 2.0 Can and Must Save Money

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 21, 2010  |  8 Comments

The interest of political leaders and government organizations for open government (or government 2.0), has developed at a moment in time when budget shortfalls due to the financial crisis and recession have hit hard many jurisdictions. A decade ago e-government developed shortly after a dot.com crisis that was much less severe and led to a [...]

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CDC Provides a Great Example of What Social Media Is About

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 20, 2010  |  5 Comments

In an article on Government Computer News Janice Nall, director of the Division of eHealth Marketing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Marketing, shares a few gems about how her organization has been using social media over the past year. She says: if people are getting information about sexually [...]

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Social Media in Government: Facing a Tsunami with a Teacup

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 18, 2010  |  7 Comments

Last week I had a very interesting meeting with a US local authority that has been struggling for about six months with putting together a social media policy. The meeting was attended by a representative of their legal counsel, the CIO and some of his reports. Topics on the table were ranging from what to [...]

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Canadian Public Sector Chief Calling for Web 2.0 Tools is A Breeze of Fresh Air

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

As recently reported by the Canadian press, the Privy Council Clerk, who heads the public sector in the country, called for modernizing the workplace, making reference to the role of web 2.0 technology to improve knowledge sharing and to the changing expectations and behaviors of new generations of government employees. Over the last several months [...]

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