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Archives for April, 2012


UK Government’s Aggressive Targets for IT Cost Reduction: Are They Achievable and Desirable?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 25, 2012  |  Comments Off

Yesterday I was one of the keynote speakers at the Microsoft’s Government Solutions Forum in London. The speaker before was Liam Maxwell, recently appointed as Deputy Government CIO and already Director of ICT Futures. Liam gave a compelling speech about the current ICT strategy for the UK government, stressing how radical they need to be [...]

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Counterpoint: Why We Should Not Use the Cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 20, 2012  |  6 Comments

The IT world has embraced the concept of cloud computing. Vendors, users, consultants, analysts, we all try to figure out how to leverage the increasing commoditization of IT from both an enterprise and a personal perspective. Discussions on COTS have turned into discussions on SaaS, People running their own data center claim they run (or [...]

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With Perfect Timing, UK Audit Office Review Warns Open Government Enthusiasts

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 18, 2012  |  2 Comments

Right in the middle of the Open Government Partnership conference, which I mentioned in my post yesterday, the UK National Audit Office (NAO) published its cross-government review on Implementing Transparency. The report, while recognizing the importance and the potential for open data initiatives, highlights a few areas of concern that should be taken quite seriously [...]

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Open Government Partnership: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 17, 2012  |  4 Comments

On April 17 and 18 Brasilia hosts the first Open Government Partnership conference. With an impressive line up of dignitaries and experts, this conference aims at solidifying an initiative started last year and aimed at coalescing support and activity for open government around the globe. The overall goal is a noble one, and aggregating interest [...]

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Do Shopping Behaviors Place the Eurozone on The Brink of The Abyss?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 17, 2012  |  Comments Off

In this blog I have covered the research that we have been doing on a possible euro crisis, including the development of alternative scenarios and comments about readiness of enterprises and widely different approaches to preparedness (or lack thereof). I have been saying that we do not do predictions about the outcome, but just urge [...]

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Canada Does Not Raise the Bar on Open Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 12, 2012  |  6 Comments

The Canadian Federal government has published its Open Government Action Plan, after a consultation with Canadian citizens launched last fall. The document is a well-rounded account of almost everything one can find in open government strategies and plans at federal, state and local level around the world, and is certainly influenced by Canada’s willingness to [...]

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Web Site Ranking of US Cities Suggests that Gov 2.0 May Be Stalling

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 4, 2012  |  2 Comments

The University of Illinois published an interesting report about Civic Engagement and Local E-Government: Social Networking Comes of Age, where 75 largest US cities and 20 largest Illinois cities are ranked by how good their web sites are at providing information services and participation to residents. The same study had been conducted two years ago, [...]

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Why Its Chief’s Resignation Should Make GSA Proud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 3, 2012  |  2 Comments

I was shocked yesterday when I received a news alert about Martha Johnson’s resignation over excessive spending for a training conference near Las Vegas in 2010. According to news reports, the chief of Public Buildings Service and Johnson’s top adviser were fired, and four managers were suspended. In her resignation letter, Mrs Johnson explains that [...]

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Most IT Leaders Still in Denial About the Euro Crisis, But Not All

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 1, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last week I joined a few other Italian Gartner analysts for an Italy-only event where we addressed an audience of over 300 people with some of the key messages from Gartner research. At the end of the usual analyst keynote I was asked to talk for about ten minutes about the euro crisis. At the [...]

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