Andrea DiMaio

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Are CIOs in Denial?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 9, 2013  |  Comments Off

Yesterday I attended a Gartner event held in Milan, where the Italian analyst team addressed over 300 executive-level clients on how the so-called nexus of forces, i.e. the confluence of social, cloud, mobile and information (big data)  is going to create new business opportunities, disrupt existing business models and challenge the IT department. In one […]

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GCC Governments May Understand Technology Impact Better than Many Others

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 7, 2013  |  Comments Off

I spent three days at the Gartner Symposium in Dubai, where over 500 attendees from countries in the Gulf area gathered to listen to a number of Gartner analysts presenting about current trends in the use of information technology. Our overarching message, like for our recent symposia in North America, Brazil, Europe, India, Japan and […]

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Government IT Cost Containment at an Inflection Point

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 25, 2013  |  Comments Off

Government organizations around the world have been on a continuous path toward greater IT efficiency as a result of overall spending cuts and budget reductions driven by the economic and financial situation in most of the developed world. An excellent report recently published by the UK National Audit Office shows that recipes for IT cost […]

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A Great Government CIO Retires

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 21, 2012  |  1 Comment

Yesterday Ann Steward, whole-of-government CIO for Australia, announced that she will retire at the end of the year. I have known Ann for a long time and I’ve always admired the blend of curiosity, strength and clear sense of direction that she showed in her role. As many have observed, she has been heading the […]

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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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The Main Obstacle to Government Efficiency is the Cost of Democracy

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

As we go through a tough economic and financial climate, attention is drawn by the cost of government and how slashing it would significantly contribute to both reducing public debt and injecting more resources into the economy. Although with varying degrees across the world, government is usually considered less efficient that the private sector. Sometimes […]


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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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How Can Whole-of-Government CIOs Help Face Tough Times?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 14, 2012  |  Comments Off

Several jurisdictions in the world, either at national or state/provincial level, have government IT executives whose title is “Federal CIO” or “State CIO”, and hold IT management responsibility across the whole jurisdiction. My colleague John Kost has done and is doing substantial research (Gartner client access required) to assess their role and effectiveness, and I […]

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Women in Government IT Rock

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

In the recent past I have shared my admiration for several women who are in leading IT positions in government. The more I meet people, the more it seems that women dwarf men in their ability to deal with complexity, adapt to new conditions, listen to opposing viewpoints, manage change and be effective leaders. I […]

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UK Government’s Aggressive Targets for IT Cost Reduction: Are They Achievable and Desirable?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 25, 2012  |  Comments Off

Yesterday I was one of the keynote speakers at the Microsoft’s Government Solutions Forum in London. The speaker before was Liam Maxwell, recently appointed as Deputy Government CIO and already Director of ICT Futures. Liam gave a compelling speech about the current ICT strategy for the UK government, stressing how radical they need to be […]

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