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Archives for December, 2011


A Year in Review: Top Ten for Government 2.0 in 2011

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 27, 2011  |  4 Comments

For the third year in a row, here is my (absolutely personal) top ten in the area of government 2.0 and government innovation in general.  This ranking is my own, and – as such – totally arbitrary. I am sure I am missing great things that happened in many corners of the world, and I [...]

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Why Government Cloud and Shared Services May Be On A Collision Course

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

A couple of years ago, when interest in cloud computing was starting in the public sector, I wrote a note about Shared Services in Government: Obscured by the Cloud? (client access required, any reference to the Pink Floyd’s album is unintentional, although it may reveal some of the author’s musical tastes). The note stated that [...]

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Another Lovely Debate about Open Data: Could We Get Some Value Now, Please?

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

On December 13 Fast Company’s blogger Hana Schank posted about the New York’s Digital Deficiency, providing some evidence that open data application contests, which are being used big time and with some media coverage in NY, do not work as well as many claim. Alex Howard, one of the most prolific and accurate bloggers when [...]

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Preparing for a Euro Crisis is Essential, Even If the Euro Survives

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

In previous posts, research notes and press releases both I and my colleague David Furlonger have been warning our clients about the need  for CIOs and IT leaders to start preparing for the consequences of a euro crisis. Understandably many people are in denial about the possibility that the euro breaks up, or that their [...]

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Will A Breath of Fresh Air Rescue Open Government from Life Support?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 16, 2011  |  Comments Off

The struggling open government initiative that the federal US government launched last year may receive better funding than it did for the current fiscal year. As reported by NextGov and in blog post by the Sunlight Foundation, the current appropriation bill may grant $12.4 million, more than 50% more than the $8 million received this [...]

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The Euro Crisis Is Looming but Many Do Not Seem to Really Care

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

Over the last few days we had a good coverage of the research note (client access required) that David Furlonger and I wrote about the euro. The press in the UK (e.g. the Financial Times and Computer Weekly ), in Germany (e.g. Silicon.de and Computerwoche) and in France (Le Monde Informatique) picked on our press [...]

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New Zealand Shows A Wise Approach to the Cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 9, 2011  |  1 Comment

I recently praised the New Zealand government for one of the best social media guidance documents I have seen so far. Previously I had singled-out their approach to procuring infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Now, I am happy to highlight their overall approach to government cloud, which is by making sure they get a sensible business case. On [...]

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Tell Us What You Think About the Euro Crisis: Gartner Survey

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 9, 2011  |  Comments Off

As part of the research that my colleague David Furlonger and I are doing about the IT impact of the euro crisis, we are gathering anecdotal evidence of preparedness (or lack thereof) in IT organizations around the world. It would be very helpful if you would fill this very short questionnaire to give us a [...]

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The Important Difference between Citizen Access and Citizen Engagement

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 8, 2011  |  3 Comments

A few days ago I had an inquiry with a local government organization that operates in a vast and sparsely population territory. Their problem is how to reach out to citizens with information about their council activities and give them the opportunity to engage  without having to physically participate in meetings. My first reaction was [...]

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The Euro Crisis May Have a Major Impact on IT, Worldwide

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 7, 2011  |  5 Comments

Before joining Gartner I spent a few years at the European Commission, where I was lucky enough to work on one of the most exciting projects at the time, which was the implementation of the single European currency. I was tasked with helping understand and prepare for the IT impact of the change, ranging from [...]

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