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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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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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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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A European Cloudy Partnership

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 28, 2012  |  Comments Off

The European Cloud Strategy published last September is a relatively realistic document, aiming at addressing issues of self-certification, procurement, and contracting. While there was an initial fear that a EU strategy would have led to building local solutions and infrastructure, the outcome is reasonable and most likely quite useful across different industry sectors. One of […]

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Obama’s Victory Speech: Why Change and Forward is Not Enough for Government IT

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 8, 2012  |  Comments Off

Like many people around the world, I listened to the US President’s speech after his victory at the last election. I found one sentence particularly inspiring: “America is not about what can be done for us. It is about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of […]

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Government Shared Services and Cloud: Friend or Foe?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 23, 2012  |  2 Comments

Yesterday my colleague and friend John Kost and I challenged each other on stage at a public-sector-only session at Gartner Symposium about cloud and consolidation in government, and whether they are conflicting or complementary. He talked about his experience in Michigan in the nineties, as well as other infrastructure, application and process consolidation initiatives around […]


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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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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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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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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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