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Archives for July, 2012

Do Internet Gurus Need Only A Virtual Education?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 30, 2012  |  5 Comments

Over the last few weeks, in my financially beleaguered country, Internet and Web 2.0 experts have been debating about a controversial research on the real nature of Twitter followers. As I wrote at the time, this research is hardly substantiated so far, but the debate took a political spin as its author applied it to […]


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Governments Could Go Out of Business: What Should Technology Do?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 25, 2012  |  1 Comment

People have been following with a moderate sense of worry the financial crisis unfolding in Greece and other European countries, Despite how dramatic the situation has become in Greece, many have remained in denial about the possibility of a serious contagion to other vulnerable countries. However things have suddenly changed, as Valencia, Murcia, Catalonia and […]

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Questionable Research Turns Into Drama, But Exposes a Real Issue

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 23, 2012  |  3 Comments

A while ago I wrote about a research by Italian entrepreneur and contract university professor Marco Camisano Calzlari  claiming that a substantial percentage of Twitter followers for some large corporation would be “bots”. There was quite some debate at the time about how founded his results were: looking at the metrics described in his paper, […]


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Government Technology in Developing Countries: Between Arrogance and Humility

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 17, 2012  |  3 Comments

Although most of my Interactions take place with Gartner clients based in the more developed part of the world where there is significant technology intensity in government, I do happen to interact with government IT executives in developing countries in various regions. What I have noticed over time is that their attitudes are more polarized […]


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Building the Gartner Research Agenda for Government, 2013

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 12, 2012  |  Comments Off

Like every year, we are starting the planning process for our research agendas across Gartner. For those who are not familiar with this term, research agendas contain our high-level plans for the research we are going to conduct in each technology and industry domain we cover across our firm. For Gartner government clients, the research […]

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Could Politics Derail the Cloud?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 11, 2012  |  2 Comments

On Monday I read the news that GM’s CIO has decided to slash outsourcing in a move to transform IT and its role. As reported by InformationWeek: Today, about 90% of GM’s IT services, from running data centers to writing applications, are provided by outsourcing companies such as HP/EDS, IBM, Capgemini, and Wipro, and only […]


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When Government Does Not Understand Simple On-Line Needs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 6, 2012  |  2 Comments

This morning I was driving near one of the major processing sites of the garbage collection company in Milan, and a truck came out of the site, without giving any priority to the cars on the main street, including mine. I was driving rather slowly, so I managed to pull the brakes in time to […]


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The Unbearable Lightness of Openness

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

Over the last ten years I have come across countless consultants and advisors to government and the broader public sector who have been asserting the unquestionable benefits of anything preceded by the term “open”. Open standards, open source, open data, open government, open innovation, and so forth. Those who are younger in the business may […]


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