Andrea DiMaio

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Archives for February, 2012

If the Enterprise is an Orchestra, Is Technology an Amplifier or a Synthesizer?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 28, 2012  |  1 Comment

I just spent two days at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in Dubai, where my colleague Mark McDonald opened the event with a great keynote. The theme of the event was “Amplify the Enteprise”, which captures the increasing role that IT can play to innovate and drive the business. During his keynote Mark used an […]

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Are Enterprises Serious About the Euro Crisis?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 22, 2012  |  Comments Off

Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation with somebody from a large IT vendor, who was interested to know what we were hearing from our clients after the webinar that we run and the many research notes that we published between December and February. I had to admit that I had very few inquiries and […]

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Italy Shows the Wrong Way to Transparency

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 21, 2012  |  9 Comments

A few days ago it was announced that on February 21st Italian minister would publish their incomes as part of what is called “Operation Transparency”. This actually happened but: Not all ministers complied (including the prime minister) The information is hidden as a link on the left hand side of the page with each minister’s […]


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Here Comes the UK G-Cloud Store: Good First Step but Not Enough

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 21, 2012  |  7 Comments

After a tendering process started in late 2011, the UK Cabinet Office selected over 250 vendors providing about 1700 services that government agencies can choose from in order to meet their cloud needs. Yesterday it opened its cloud store. The store, which admittedly in its early stages, allows to browse services by type (IaaS, PaaS, […]


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Can One Trust Government as a Cloud Provider?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 14, 2012  |  3 Comments

A few days ago Oakland County in Michigan has joined the list of government organizations that have decided to provide cloud-based services to other agencies and jurisdictions. According to an article on Government Technology, Oakland County will join a local government shared services partnership that will roll out across the nation with the help of […]


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Italy and its Digital Agenda: New Government, Old Risks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 9, 2012  |  3 Comments

The Italian government, after dealing with the financial emergency and market pressures by introducing new austerity measures, has shifted gear, looking into initiatives that can help reignite a much needed economic growth. In this context, it announced a new digital agenda (see here and here, both in Italian) and a new governance structure involving the […]


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The Best and the Worst Part of Beta Is What You Don’t See

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 1, 2012  |  5 Comments

The UK Government Digital Service created by Minister Maude under the leadership of Mike Bracken (ex-Guardian) just released a much-awaited beta version of its new unified web site for public sector, at This is still far from being a full replacement of the current government portal Directgov, but gives a pretty good idea of […]


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