Andrea DiMaio

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Open Source in Government: Back to the Future

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 5, 2014  |  2 Comments

Yesterday I read an interesting news about the UK government planning to move decisively toward open source in order to reduce both software cost and dependency on specific vendors, such as Microsoft. This reminds me of a flurry of announcements in the early part of the last decade, when cities, regions and entire countries decided [...]

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It Is Time To Pull The Plug on EU-Funded IT Research

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 11, 2013  |  2 Comments

Almost 28 years ago, when I officially entered the IT workforce, I found myself working on a research and development project about the use of the Ada programming language (does anybody remember it?) in distributed computing settings. The project was funded under the Multi Annual Program that the the European Commission had instituted to provide [...]

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Spain and Portugal Have Two Down-To-Earth, No-Nonsense Professionals Leading Government IT

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 1, 2013  |  2 Comments

A few weeks ago I was in Madrid, discussing about the consolidation and cost containment program that the national government has in place, not unlike those in other European countries. As soon as I landed, I went to a lovely dinner with the then-CIO of the tax agency, Domingo Molina. The Spanish Tax Agency has [...]

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Do We Really Need Government Interoperability?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 31, 2013  |  5 Comments

Yesterday I attended a meeting where different European jurisdictions were describing their experiences and plans about government interoperability frameworks, to address the thorny problem of supporting meaningful and timely data exchange as well as coordination and synchronization of business processes across different agencies within the same or different tiers. There were several mentions of enterprise [...]

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Italian Elections Prove that Bricks and Mortars Are Alive and Kicking

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 1, 2013  |  Comments Off

Many commentators have been discussing about the outcome of the last Italian elections, held a few das ago, which resulted in a tie between the two major coalitions (center-left Democratic Party with its allies and center-right People of Freedom) and a surprising success of the new grassroots Five-Star Movement, led by former comedian Beppe Grillo. [...]

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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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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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Digital by Default, but Not Smart Enough: Hits and Misses of the UK Government Digital Strategy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 9, 2012  |  14 Comments

The UK cabinet office just published its Government Digital Strategy, which culminates its focus on all services to be “digital by default”. The strategy states 11 principles and 14 actions to shape how UK central government departments and agencies will embrace digitalization of their services and improve uptake by citizens and businesses. What is good [...]

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Italy’s Digital Strategy: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 5, 2012  |  10 Comments

On October 4th, after great anticipation and endless debates, the Italian Digital Agenda has been approved (see presentation in Italian here). It is part of a Decree about Growth tackling a number of areas that are key to economic development at a critical juncture in the country’s history, with record-high public debt, a deep recession [...]

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