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Posts from Date:   2012-3

The Emerging Government App Store: IT Public Procurement Nirvana?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 29, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks I have had numerous conversations with government executives and IT leaders about cloud computing, open source, shared services, software reuse. These are all different perspectives on IT sourcing, and they are often made problematic by clumsy public procurement procedures. Let’s take cloud computing. Part of its value proposition is […]

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IT Commoditization Hits IT Education in Europe

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 27, 2012

Eurostat just released some interesting figures in its report Computer skills in the EU27 in figures. The most interesting figure is that while between 2005 and 2005 the number of Europeans in the 27 EU member states who have ever used a computer climbed from 78 to 96 per cent, the number of computer graduates […]

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Brazil: A Growing Economy Is No Excuse For Complacency

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 23, 2012

Last week I have had a chance to visit Brazil for the first time. I visited three cities in five days, presenting about government IT trends and predictions, social media and open government. In all cities I had a pretty good audience, as well as interactions with government officials and representatives of government-owned IT service […]

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Why Government IT Consolidation May Be Doomed

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 9, 2012

Yesterday I spent the whole day with government clients in a European country where there is an aggressive plan to consolidate infrastructure across several departments. This is one of the many data center consolidation programs that are going on around the world in all tiers of government. Some of them are quite aggressive and are […]

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Local Government CIO Moving Into the Public Cloud is a Breath of Fresh Air

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 9, 2012

At our recent Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in London I met a quite unusual government CIO from a local authority. His attitude reminded me of Vivek Kundra, when I first met him, who used to say that his philosophy was “prove me wrong”. What this means is that he would decide to venture into gray […]

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The IT Impact of a Euro Crisis is Scarier Than Many Think

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 8, 2012

Yesterday at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in London I had the opportunity to address the audience with a 10 mins piece in the euro crisis and its ramifications for IT, followed by a full session for a smaller audience. During the general session I asked how many of the attendees (over 200 CIOs from […]

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Why Italians Are Still in the Middle Ages of Social Networking

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 6, 2012

Today’s news in Italy reported (see here) that the Northern Legue party presented a motion to block access to Facebook, Twitter and other social media for all employees of the Lombardia regional government, as well as any controlled company. The motion claims that social media affects employee productivity and creates vulnerability to viruses and malware, […]

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Are Government CIOs Becoming Too Complacent?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 6, 2012

Today I had the pleasure of animating a workshop as part of Gartner European Forum in London. The title of the workshop was “Government CIOs on a Tight Rope” and we discussed two of Gartner’s recent predictions: By 2013, financial sustainability will join cost containment as the top driver and constraint for government IT spending. […]

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