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Archives for September, 2011


A Eulogy of Slowness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 26, 2011  |  3 Comments

A few days ago I entered a famous sanctuary in the city of Pompeii. Whereas many people know Pompeii for the ruins after the Vesuvius eruption of 79 a.C., the church of Pompeii is even more famous for many devoted Italians who pay a visit to Our Lady of Pompeii. While I was there, looking [...]

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Budget Cuts May Make Government Smarter at Innovating

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 22, 2011  |  2 Comments

At a cloud-related event GSA’s Dave McClure – commenting on the fact that the expected funding levels for eGov activities for 2012 appear to be below what was requested – said “When anyone gets less money than they requested, something’s got to give. Our challenge is trying to use this fund to fuel innovation and [...]

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US National Action Plan May Confine Open Government to Compliance, or Make It Real

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

As a founding member of the Open Government Partnership the US Federal Government published its national action plan. The plan does complement and not replace the open government directive and the plans that all agencies have in place. It focuses on three areas: Increasing Integrity and Transparency Managing Public Resources More Efficiently Improving Public Services [...]

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Use Bricks and Mortars to Assess On Line Clout

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 20, 2011  |  1 Comment

As social networks become increasingly important for business and social relationships, we have to decide who to trust, how to identify authoritative sources, and how to distill independent from biased opinions, background noise from valuable nuggets. Whereas there is no such thing as a widely recognized and “standard” sets of metrics, people use metrics such [...]

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Will We Exploit Data or Will Data Exploit Us?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 19, 2011  |  3 Comments

The interest on big data and open data is understandably growing all over the world. The combination of several technology innovations, in areas like social media, cloud computing, analytics, offer scenarios that we could hardly imagine in the past. And the trend toward greater transparency and openness that is being championed by many governments and [...]

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Seeking Your Help to Plan for Gartner Government Research in 2012

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 19, 2011  |  Comments Off

Like every year, we are starting the planning process for our research agendas across Gartner. For those who are not familiar with this term, research agendas contain our high-level plans for the research we are going to conduct in each technology and industry domain we cover across our firm. They are published, usually early in [...]

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What’s in a Name, and in a Job Description

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

Yesterday I had a lovely conversation with a client from south America about their social media communication plan. The client’s first name was Alexandre and I was surprised when I heard a female voice, as I thought it was a male name. This was only mildly embarrassing but certainly comforting for somebody who carries a [...]

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Sustainable Innovation Needs a New Breed of Innovators

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 14, 2011  |  1 Comment

On September 13 and 14 an Innovation Jam was held in Italy to involve around 3000 people in discussing several aspects of innovation, from how to support start ups to how to develop a digital agenda for a country, from open data to cloud computing, from open source to smart cities, and more. I have [...]

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German Minister’s Tip Against Facebook Is Not Bad Advice

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

The German Federal Minister for Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner warned her colleagues and government departments not to link Facebook from their web sites, due to privacy worries. This happen when the data protection authority for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has declared business use of Facebook and Facebook “like” buttons illegal. Over a year ago [...]

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In Tough Times, Smart Governments Must Be Both Affordable and Sustainable

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

Increasing uncertainties about the global economic and financial situation, including worries about the sovereign debt in Europe, and the tightening government budgets are likely to trigger short-term reactions to reduce IT and other spending in government. Of course almost everybody knows that IT investments are key to reduce costs elsewhere, by increasing automation, reducing duplication, [...]

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