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Archives for June, 2011


“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” May Be a Good Cloud Strategy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 24, 2011  |  4 Comments

When I discuss about potential cloud deployments with government clients and many vendors, the center of gravity tends to be “private clouds” or “community/government clouds”. Depending on who’s who – an agency with a large IT department, an IT shared service provider, a smaller agency or local authority, or a vendor to either – the [...]

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It is time to use Gov 2.0 to Solve Intractable Problems, Such As Fighting Tax Evasion in Italy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 22, 2011  |  5 Comments

Over the last 20 years and more we have heard all sorts of political statements highlighting how essential IT is to productivity and economic growth. Countless surveys have shown a clear correlation about factors like IT spending per capita and digital literacy, and growth and competitiveness of economies. Usually this leads to calls for greater [...]

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Governments Must Become Smart to Survive, and Be Smart to Get There

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 21, 2011  |  7 Comments

Over the last several months, we have seen countless examples of disruption and unrest that root back to the worsening financial and economic situation in many jurisdictions around the world. Unrest in North Africa, riots in Greece, protests in Spain and in Italy, often fueled by the use of social media, are challenging established government [...]

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After Less Than One Day, Is Vivek’s Departure Already Having an Impact?

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

I had a client call fixed for today with a federal agency to discuss about the use of public cloud. The issues they were planning to discuss with me were all very interesting, looking into the pros and cons of private vs. public cloud, how to select vendors, how to assess risks, how to migrate. [...]

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The US Federal CIO Leaves: Has Government Run Out of Innovation Fuel?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 16, 2011  |  2 Comments

Over the last few days there have been two prominent IT professionals have announced that they will be leaving the Federal government. Last week, Sonny Baghowalia, who has been leading the cloud agenda at GSA announced that he accepted a position of CIO in the State of Hawai starting in July. Today’s news is that [...]

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Being where citizens are is the key to engagement

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 16, 2011  |  1 Comment

When I was in Canada last week I had a lovely lunch with clients from a provincial agency in the western part of the country. We were discussing about how to make effective use of social media for citizen engagement purposes and I made an example I use quite often (and gave in a previous [...]

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On Social Media, the Crowd Might Be Better at Destroying than Creating

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

Every week there are more examples of how disruptive social media like Facebook can be to politics. After the riots in North Africa and the demonstrations in Spain over the last few weeks, yesterday Italy added to the mix with an unexpectedly high turnout of voters for a popular poll about a number of topics [...]

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Why national or state governments should not pursue their own private clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 13, 2011  |  3 Comments

Earlier today I had one inquiry with a national government looking at the option of building a private cloud. A few hours later, out Client Support Organization – which manages client inquiries and put them into our agenda – flagged that a second national government wanted to discuss about how to build their private cloud. [...]

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Even the Smartest Government Can Succumb to Dumber Politics

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 2, 2011  |  2 Comments

Gartner defines smart government as an administration that integrates information, communication and operational technologies to planning, management and operations across multiple domains to generate sustainable public value (see Gartner note The Five Dimensions of Smart Government – login required) Although a government can be smart at any level (federal, state, local), in individual domains (environment, [...]

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For government, being successful in IT can be as bad as failing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 1, 2011  |  3 Comments

This week I visited a shared service organization that manages, among other things, the jurisdiction-wide e-government portal, including a number of widely utilized components supporting content management, electronic forms and payment. Some of the statistics they shared with me, although I have not yet verified them, looked quite promising, and so was their reputation among [...]

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