Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for March, 2011

Open Government Is At Risk: Can It Be Rescued?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 31, 2011  |  10 Comments

Just the day before I take my briefing tour about government 2.0 and cloud to Arlington VA, I read about rumors that some of the web sites created in response to the Open Government Directive may be shut down due to lack of funding. These would include the IT dashboard and, but would also […]


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Free IT Management Tools: A Gift from the US Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 31, 2011  |  Comments Off

Earlier today, the US federal CIO Vivek Kundra released the software code for the IT Dashboard as well as the whole toolkit supporting the TechStat project reviews. The purpose is to both crowdsource these tools to improve them and to facilitate their deployment across different agencies and jurisdictions. The target audience could be much broader […]

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UK IT Strategy Sets the Pace for All European Governments, But Can They Deliver?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 31, 2011  |  8 Comments

On March 30th the UK Cabinet Office published its long-awaited IT strategy, which is interesting and aggressive in many respects. It touches upon several areas of concern for IT effectiveness and efficiency. It does start by recognizing that there are waste and failures in government IT and suggesting that this is the priority to be […]


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When Crowdsourcing Saves Lives

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 24, 2011  |  3 Comments

We have heard many times about the role of mobile devices in rescuing people during natural disasters by following tweets, reading Facebook updates, looking at pictures on Flickr. We have also heard very often how crowdsourcing the solution to problems through idea or application contests can save money or improve quality of government services or […]


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How Can Government Take Facebook Seriously?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 22, 2011  |  4 Comments

A few days ago Socialbakers published statistics about the penetration of Facebook in terms of number of users per city (please note that you need to connect with your Facebook profile to see the whole list). Results are quite interesting, since Caracas (Venezuela), Washington DC (USA) and Ankara (Turkey)  seem to be the capital cities […]


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It Takes Money To Save Money

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 21, 2011  |  2 Comments

Earlier today I read that the US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said that financial support would be needed to make sure that TechStat project review sessions were conducted more frequently. TechStat reviews have been conducted by the OMB on selected projects and arte one of the 25 points for improved IT management that OMB identified […]


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A Few Things Each of Us Can Do to Help Japan

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 17, 2011  |  Comments Off

A few hours ago I was copied on an email from one of my sales colleagues in Japan who was asking for me to visit clients in Tokyo in late May. Actually I am already fully booked throughout June, so I was glad I did not have to say no for any other reason than […]

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Is Facebook Becoming Mission-Critical?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 16, 2011  |  4 Comments

Due to the need to reduce bandwidth consumption to support reliefe effort in Japan, the Defense Information System Agency decided to block 13 commercial web sites, including Amazon, Ebay, YouTube and MySpace. However the list does not include Facebook, as “many commands allow the use of Facebook to allow personnel to communicate with families and […]


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Open Government Data May Be Wrong. So What?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 15, 2011  |  7 Comments

I can’t resist the temptation of saying “I told you so” to the many supporters of open government that I pissed off repeatedly by underlying open government’s challenges and limitations (see here and here for the latest controversial posts in a long series), after reading an article on NextGov about widespread errors on, the […]


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Is Cloud Computing a Solution in Search of a Problem?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 14, 2011  |  3 Comments

Last Friday I started my briefing tour in beautiful Vienna, where I had a chance to address government IT executives in two separate meetings, both focused on the topic of cloud computing. At the end of the second meeting I got a question I have heard several times, but was asked with an interesting spin. […]


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