Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for November, 2011

Canadian Government Web 2.0 Guidelines Are Disappointing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 23, 2011  |  4 Comments

While I was traveling in Australia I saw some Twitter traffic about the long-expected release of the Guidelines for External Use of Web 2.0 by the Canadian federal government. I had the pleasure of discussing this topic with officials at the Treasury Board and in other agencies quite a few times over the last couple […]


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A Politician Who Understands the Tactical Nature of Gov 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 23, 2011  |  6 Comments

After one and a half year I had a chance to meet again senator Kate Lundy, who is now the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Cultural Affairs. She has been a very vocal supporter of government 2.0 and always passionate with innovative ways to use technology to engage citizens. While her new responsibility and […]


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Government IT executives leaving before executing: a new trend?

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

Over the last year there have been a few changes in high-profile jobs at the whole-of-government level both in the US and in the UK. In the US, Beth Noveck, deputy CTO dealing with open government left in January, while the federal CIO Vivek Kundra left in August, a few months after having set strategic […]


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Did Information Technology Get Us into This Mess, and Can It Help Us Out?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 17, 2011  |  1 Comment

Over the last few months we have been witnessing a deterioration of sovereign debts, the vulnerability of financial services organizations, a new slowdown for the economy, high unemployment, social tensions in countries that need to implement unprecedented austerity measures. Despite all this, the IT industry seems to be doing remarkably well, and the pace of […]

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Why Bother With Government IT Consolidation?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 17, 2011  |  3 Comments

I am getting close to the end of the Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast and a few conversations with clients have been about shared services and consolidation. Australia has quite a tradition with shared services, as many states have implemented and run shared services for quite a few years. Today many governments around the world […]


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Not Being on the Board Is Not Always Bad for CIOs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 15, 2011  |  Comments Off

One of my one-on-one meetings yesterday at the Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast was about the role of the CIO in a government organization. The client was complaining that she does not sit in the governance board of the organization, as she reports to a Deputy Director who is in charge of administrative services (including […]

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Australian Government CIOs Show a No-Nonsense Attitude to Cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 15, 2011  |  Comments Off

After a few one-on-ones with attendees at the Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast, Australia, I am pleased to report that people over here seem to have a slightly more cynical view about cloud than some of their colleagues in Europe or the US. There does not seem to be anybody who is obsessed with idea […]

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Smart Government Spin in Australia: Less Urgent, But It’s Going to Come

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 14, 2011  |  2 Comments

Yesterday I did my session on Smart Government at the Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast Australia. As I expected, government officials as well as vendors on this side of the world feel less the pain that some of their colleagues in the US or in Europe are feeling, with budget cuts and a sluggish economic […]


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We must re-imagine IT…and lead from the front

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 14, 2011  |  Comments Off

I recently returned from the Gartner Symposia in Orlando and in Barcelona, and I am now at the Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast. In both Orlando and Barcelona I had the opportunity to discuss cloud computing and the use of social media in government, as well as how to use and manage technology to make […]

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Apps4Italy: Playing with Toys Rather Than Solving Real Problems

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 11, 2011  |  2 Comments

Like many other countries, Italy has launched its Apps4Italy contest (deadline is January 10, 2012). This is promoted by the Italian government and other organizations, such as the Piemonte Region and a few Internet-related associations. It is looking for further sponsors, whose participation would allow to increase the amount available for prizes. Organizations providing data, […]


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