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Archives for June, 2012


The Essence of Collaboration Is Selfishness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 28, 2012  |  16 Comments

The tons of virtual ink that are being used to discuss e-participation, e-democracy, social organizations, enterprise or government 2.0, social media and collaboration seem to assume that everybody is moved by an unstoppable desire to collaborate with others. Vendors, consultants, social media gurus, politicians, communication professionals and amateurs all depict a compelling future where the […]

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The Main Obstacle to Government Efficiency is the Cost of Democracy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 27, 2012  |  3 Comments

As we go through a tough economic and financial climate, attention is drawn by the cost of government and how slashing it would significantly contribute to both reducing public debt and injecting more resources into the economy. Although with varying degrees across the world, government is usually considered less efficient that the private sector. Sometimes […]

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What Does Jack Bauer Have To Do With Digital Agendas?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 26, 2012  |  1 Comment

Back in November 2011, I posted about the IT industry’s responsibilities in the economic and financial crisis that is affecting most of the world. Unsurprisingly I did not get many reactions, even fewer than I do for my average post. My reading of it is that we (the IT industry) really are in denial,. we […]

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Not All Vendors Understand the Tidal Shift in Government IT Behaviors

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 20, 2012  |  3 Comments

Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a major ICT vendor that is developing its three to five year strategy for a number of industries. The purpose of the conversation was to share some of the main trends that we see in the government market in order to either validate or complement their own findings. […]

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Digital Government Strategies Should Focus on What to Do and Not How to Do It

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 18, 2012  |  7 Comments

I do live in Italy and I do work for a US company, spending most of my professional time with US colleagues and clients. They are very different countries, with very different histories, attitudes, weight on the international scene, entrepreneurship, levels of corruption and tax evasion, efficiency of machinery of government, and so forth. Yet, […]

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Why Do People Keep Treating Cloud as Something Special?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 15, 2012  |  3 Comments

Earlier today I found myself commenting on yet another cloud strategy document from one of our clients. Over the last two years, I have seen countless documents about “cloud strategy”, “cloud implementation guidelines”, “cloud selection criteria”, “community cloud governance” and more. Although most people would agree by now that – from an IT user perspective […]

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How Can Whole-of-Government CIOs Help Face Tough Times?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

Several jurisdictions in the world, either at national or state/provincial level, have government IT executives whose title is “Federal CIO” or “State CIO”, and hold IT management responsibility across the whole jurisdiction. My colleague John Kost has done and is doing substantial research (Gartner client access required) to assess their role and effectiveness, and I […]

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Torturing the Data Long Enough Will Make It Confess Anything

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 12, 2012  |  18 Comments

Last week Reuters, Financial Times and the Huffington Post referenced a rather sensationalistic outcome published by an Italian entrepreneur and contract university professor who is well known in Italian social media circles. His research allegedly showed that “up to 46 percent of Twitter followers of companies with active profiles could be generated by robots, or […]

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Facing the Open Data Templars at GovCamp in Canberra

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 5, 2012  |  16 Comments

Yesterday I delivered the closing keynote at the GovCamp event in Canberra, where government innovators, academics and folks from private sector met to discuss open government and other innovations in the public sector. This followed a GovHack held the days before, where a number of winning applications leveraging open data had been selected. I got […]

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