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Archives for December, 2012

Government IT Cost Optimization: What Has Changed from the GFC to the Fiscal Cliff?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 31, 2012  |  1 Comment

With an agreement between Democrats and Republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff not yet in sight despite a fast-approaching deadline, it is fair to assume that government CIOs and IT leaders in the US federal government will have to deal with cost reductions as a key priority. The long tail of the fiscal cliff, […]

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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Smart Government in 2012

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 20, 2012  |  5 Comments

For the fourth year in a row, here is my (absolutely personal) top ten in the area of government innovation.  Over the last three years the title was “Top Ten for Government 2.0”, but this term is less relevant today. What is relevant is to focus on how governments around the world are looking for […]


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Great News for Government IT in Australia and Beyond

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 17, 2012  |  2 Comments

After the announced retirement of long-standing Australian Government CIO Ann Steward, the Secretary of the Department of Finance and Deregulation has announced the creation of two distinct roles. The work of AGIMO has been diverging over time between two distinct areas: whole of government policy and governance, and whole of government services delivery (eg, networks, […]


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Smart Cities Are Not Intelligent: They Are Astute

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 14, 2012  |  4 Comments

Yesterday Gartner held a local briefing in Milan on the topic of Smart Cities. This was attended by local government, vendors and research organizations. Bettina Tratz-Ryan, who is our lead for Sustainability research, and myself were joined by Renato Galliano, Director for Economic Innovation and University of the City of Milan, and Michele Vianello, General […]


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Too Much Political Influence Can Disrupt Public Services

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 11, 2012  |  Comments Off

I just read on the Guardian that the hyperactive British minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, “wants fellow ministers to be given the final say in picking a candidate from a list approved by the board”. This would be quite a change in the UK, where civil service executives are selected according to the […]

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Category: Europe and IT     Tags: R.I.P.: Long Live Cloud Storefronts!

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 4, 2012  |  13 Comments

With a rather sudden decision the General Services Administration (GSA) decided to discontinue the first cloud storefront deployed by a government organization. was launched by former CIO Vivek Kundra as a way to kickstart the use of cloud computing. Its content was for a long time little else than what could be found on […]


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