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Archives for September, 2012


When Government IT Mandates Can Be Counterproductive

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

Last Monday I had an inquiry with a small software vendor about a recently approved amendments to the Italian Digital Government Code according to which governments should favor open source vs. proprietary solutions. Article 68 says (see here, in Italian): Proprietary software acquisition is allowed only when a technical and economic evaluation shows that pre-.existing [...]

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Addressing the Euro Crisis Can Provide ROI

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 26, 2012  |  Comments Off

Last week I attended an event organized by Gartner Executive Program for our CIO clients in a very nice location, in the middle of a famous wine districts in the country. There, I led a session about the euro crisis, sharing the scenario planning exercise that David Furlonger and I did at the end of [...]

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Making Smart Cities Really Smart Takes a Change of Emphasis

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 24, 2012  |  4 Comments

Last Thursday I attended a panel about Smart Cities in the context of the ICT competitiveness week, organized by DG CONNECT of the European Commission. The purpose was to discuss how both the European vendor community and European cities can best position themselves in this growth market as competitive in terms of securing a growing [...]

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Gartner Symposium: Should Government CIOs Strive for Consolidation?

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

A few days ago the acting administrator of the US General Services Administration addressed the Senate announcing further consolidation activities for budget, technology  and human resource management. In particular GSA will better manage information technology investment, systems development and maintenance, and increase access to agency data by consolidating all IT personnel, budgets, and systems under [...]

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How Open Data Can Both Be Important and Become Irrelevant

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 11, 2012  |  7 Comments

In his relentless campaign for the importance of open data, Alex Howard published an interesting article where he mentions a recent press release by Gartner that highlights the “big data makes organization smarter, but open data makes the richer”. The press release is based on a research note by my colleague David Newman (subscription required), [...]

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Government Innovation Needs More than External Fellows To Stick

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 1, 2012  |  4 Comments

I am just back from my holidays, which I spent with my family in Australia. I had a great time, also because I decided to resist the temptation of doing any work-related activity unless it was extremely urgent for a client-facing deadline (but a bit of luck and good planning made these very few and [...]

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