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Archives for April, 2011


Cloud Incidents Are a Welcome Wake Up Call for the IT Industry

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 29, 2011  |  Comments Off

Over the last few days two major events, one of international relevance and one limited to my own country (Italy), have shown that the web is fallible and those who claim that the cloud will give us commodity, always-available, scalable and cheap IT resources will have to reassess their beliefs. The first incident, which is […]

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Why Teleconferencing Won’t Work in Our Lifetime

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 28, 2011  |  1 Comment

While sitting at the airport, waiting to board on yet another flight, I was reflecting about my pretty horrific personal carbon footprint, caused by the amount of business traveling I do. In the past I have put quite some thought into whether a good portion of my time on the road could be replaced by […]

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Open Government Policies: Keeping Faith or Pulling the Plug?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 22, 2011  |  3 Comments

As I wrote in a recent post, some if not most of the activities supporting the Open Government Directive are under threat as a consequence of the difficult budgetary situation. More recent news show that the funds available for Data.gov, the IT Dashboard and some of the cloud-related initiatives may be 8 rather than 2 […]

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Australian Strategy Moves Government Clouds Closer to Earth

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 15, 2011  |  1 Comment

After being slightly critical of the recently published draft ICT strategy – which remains a good document if taken in combination with others – I have just read the Cloud Computing Strategic Direction Paper, published today by the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) in its final version after a draft and a round of […]

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The Australian Government May Be Losing Its Edge

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 13, 2011  |  6 Comments

When the Government 2.0 Taskforce report and the Open Government declaration were published in Australia I saluted these events as a breath of fresh air in a landscape where employee seemed to be forgotten child of all these cool open, web 2.0 initiatives targeted primarily to citizens. These were further reinforced by the Australian Public […]

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Down There, Is It Cloud or Is It Something Else?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 12, 2011  |  Comments Off

Earlier today a colleague of mine asked me whether I had seen any recent acceleration of cloud adoption in government, and he mentioned what GSA has been doing around IaaS services, the progress of FedRAMP, any news on the new version of the UK G-Cloud strategy, and so forth. I had to tell him that, […]

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Who’s Afraid of Telling the Whole Truth about Social Media?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 11, 2011  |  3 Comments

Yesterday a well-reputed Italian journalist aired a program highlighting the risks of the Internet and social networking, interviewing experts from service providers, law firms, consultancies about issues such as phishing, security, stalking, information leaks, and so forth. (see link to video, in Italian). I did not follow the program until when I read an outcry […]

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Progress Remains Slow on Both Government 2.0 and Cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 7, 2011  |  2 Comments

I just finished my briefing tour, which touched Washington DC and five state capitals. I had a lot of great interactions with government CIOs, state secretaries, IT leaders and PR officers. In almost all cases I found great interest on both topics, as well as pretty typical patterns about how to face problems and opportunities. […]

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Grace: A Welcome Trait for New Government CIOs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 6, 2011  |  Comments Off

During my recent briefing tour in the US I had the privilege of meeting once again Vivek Kundra, the US federal CIO whom I have known for a few years now, and the recently appointed CIO of the State of Michigan, David Behen. I spent about an hour with Vivek in DC, chatting about some […]

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The digital natives’ future is a matter of principles

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 5, 2011  |  3 Comments

During one of the sessions I held in my briefing tour on Gov 2.0 a member of the audience asked a quite typical question, which generated some debate with a clients and colleagues at a later stage. He asked how new generations of employees would fit into an environment based on rules and procedures that […]

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