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Archives for October, 2011

What Would You Ask the CIO for the London Olympic Games 2012?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 31, 2011  |  3 Comments

On November 8th at the Gartner Symposium in Barcelona, my colleague Dave Aron and I will have the pleasure to interview on stage Gerry Pennell, who is the CIO of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games. He certainly has quite an exciting and tough job, being responsible for timely delivery and glitchless execution […]


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The Myth of Government Innovation

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 24, 2011  |  Comments Off

This morning I sat in a panel on technology innovation in the context of the ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference, held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The panel, which was moderated by Rob Atkinson (President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), featured Lisa Schlosser (Deputy CIO at OMB), Peter Tseronis (CIO at Department of Energy) and Curt […]

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Meeting the New US Federal CIOs: Continuity, with a Different Style

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 21, 2011  |  1 Comment

Today I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time the recently appointed US Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel, who replaced Vivek Kundra last August. Steven has a past as Microsoft executive and more recently in federal government for two years before his last appointment, where he has been working on some interesting innovations […]

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Highlights from Government at Gartner Symposium: New and Old Realities

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 20, 2011  |  Comments Off

As the end of the largest Gartner Symposium ever is approaching, I thought I would like to share some of the take aways from interacting with hundreds of government clients over the last four and a half days: Smart Government Serious budgetary concerns are percolating through US federal government agencies and, while state and local […]

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Community Clouds: Vendors vs. Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 19, 2011  |  5 Comments

I had an interesting 1-on-1 with a vendor who was inquiring about the relevance and future of community clouds. He came across one jurisdiction that is in the process of developing a private (or rather community) cloud to serve itself as well as other local authorities. The question was whether this was an exception or […]


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In How Many Ways Can Governments Be Smart?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 19, 2011  |  1 Comment

Another interesting client meeting at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando with the CIO from a technology progressive city in the south of the US. The CIO told me that the mayor is pushing for the city to become smart (or smarter), and I couldn’t resist asking what smart means for them. The answer was: anything […]

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Cloud in Government: One Step Forward, One Step Back

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 19, 2011  |  1 Comment

More client conversations on cloud computing at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, and there seems to be an emerging chasm between those who are confident this market is picking up, and those that are still cautious and confused about the benefits and drawbacks, as well as about their and their vendors’ maturity. Two events happened […]

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Italy Goes Open Data: A New Dawn or the Final Sunset?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 18, 2011  |  5 Comments

Italy has been on the news over the last few months, besides its colorful politics, for the sudden discovery that it is not immune to the economic and financial crisis that is storming across Europe. While just a few months ago Italians were looking at Greece, Ireland and even Spain with some (largely unjustified) sense […]


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Is It Still Too Early for Governments to Use Cloud Computing?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 18, 2011  |  6 Comments

After two days at the largest Gartner US Symposium ever, with almost 8,000 attendees, and a number of conversations about the use of cloud computing in government, I have the strange feeling that I have been transported back in time to this same location (Orlando) one year ago at our 2010 symposium. I ran a […]


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Smart Government Looms Behind Strategic Priorities at Gartner Symposium Panel

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

The government track continued today with a panel led by Gartner’s Jerry Mechling and Teri Takai (CIO US DoD), Phil Bertolini (Deputy County Exec in Oakland County) and Steve Fletcher (CIO Utah). Jerry introduced the panel by listing strategic priorities that had emerged from work he did with a group of government executives, including the […]

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