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Archives for June, 2010


How Big Should Government Clouds Be?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 30, 2010  |  2 Comments

Earlier today, chatting with a European Gartner sales colleague who was telling me how cost containment has become almost the only topic for discussion with his government clients, he told me that the jurisdiction he is responsible for is in discussion with other jurisdictions to develop some form of cross-boundary community cloud infrastructure (see here [...]

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Sustainability Is Great: Could I Have the Light Version, Please?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 29, 2010  |  1 Comment

I had an interesting conversation with a vendor earlier today, where he confirmed that a term that is becoming quite popular among government elected leaders  is “sustainability”. The meaning is no longer the one we were used to just two years ago, i.e. related to environmental issues, energy and non-renewable resources. It is now mostly [...]

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US Federal Government: Axing IT to Save IT?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 28, 2010  |  5 Comments

In an executive memo issued today by OMB Director Peter Orszag (see his blog post), the US Federal Government announced three important measures: (1) Peter Orszag is directing all executive departments and agencies are to stop issuing new task orders or procurements for all financial system modernization projects – an area of persistent problems – [...]

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Gartner Launches Open Government Maturity Model

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 28, 2010  |  6 Comments

Last Friday we published the new Gartner Open Government Maturity Model, which is available to our clients. It provides government CIOs and strategic planners with a framework to measure the maturity level of their organization’s capabilities to effectively and efficiently engage constituents and other stakeholders in transforming service delivery and operations. It should be used [...]

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Open Data and Application Contests: Useful is Better than Good

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

Over the last two years, federal, state and local governments (not necessarily in this order) have been taken by the open government frenzy, either by design/mandate or by imitation and me-too effect. As a consequence, we have seen plenty of data.gov.<your_favorite_country_here> web sites blossoming with increasing quantities of public data in raw, open formats, ready [...]

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How Much Innovation Is Enough for Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 25, 2010  |  5 Comments

When the new US administration took office at the beginning of 2009, all of us working in IT were positively surprised by the breath of fresh air that came from President Obama’s executive memo on Open Government, which would later morph into the Open Government Directive, and the appointment of young, capable and energetic individuals [...]

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Are the US Obsessed with Cloud as much as Europe was with Open Source?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 23, 2010  |  6 Comments

Over the last month or so there have been a couple of worthwhile events about the US Federal Government’s cloud computing activities. The first one has been the publication of an interesting report, authored by the federal CIO Vivek Kundra, on the State of Public Sector Cloud Computing. This is a compendium of what the [...]

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Winners for Apps My State in Victoria Show the Limits of Application Contests

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 22, 2010  |  9 Comments

Another application contest (Apps My State) of the endless series started by AppsForDemocracy in DC back in 2008 ended this week in Victoria, Australia. This has been presumably the biggest contest so far in terms of prize size (35,000 AUD for the winner and good prizes for runner-ups too). The winner was Which Bin, an [...]

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When Public Servants Make the Difference

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 21, 2010  |  7 Comments

Last Friday I had a great conversation with the CEO of a technology transfer organization in Singapore who was telling me how several countries are still looking at Singapore as a great example for its accomplishments. We discussed about how it may be difficulty to replicate Singapore’s success in larger jurisdictions, with more decentralized governance [...]

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Human Resources and not Communication are the Front Line of Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 18, 2010  |  14 Comments

Last Wednesday I spent a full day with an Australian jurisdiction discussing about Government 2.0. We started with a general session, which was very well attended, and then specific sessions for agency executives, HR professionals and communications officers. This gave me a unique opportunity to look at how different parts of government organizations look at [...]

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