Andrea DiMaio

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Will A Digital Father’s Day Ever Be the Same?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 19, 2014  |  4 Comments

In my country today is Father’s Day . This morning my 17-year old son and my 20-year old daughter handed me their handwritten wishes. They were wonderful as usual, and made me feel their love.  Shortly after I read from a Facebook friend that his younger daughters had sent their wishes via WhatsApp, and I could [...]

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The Eight Key Issues of Digital Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 15, 2014  |  3 Comments

I have not being blogging for quite some time, but a lot has happened in Gartner government research over the last few months. Perhaps the most remarkable achievement has been the redesign of our research agenda to align with the digital government priorities that many of our clients are dealing or are about to deal [...]

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A Sad Event Shows the Bright Side of the Web

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 15, 2013  |  Comments Off

Two nights ago one of the most esteemed Italian Internet experts and pioneers, Marco Zamperini, passed away. With a long career as a CTO and Chief Innovation Officer in technology companies and academa, he was one of the seminal figures that carried on the Web innovation in his country. I never had the chance of [...]

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The Dark Side of E-Books

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 9, 2013  |  9 Comments

When discussing the impact of information technology on economy and society, there are two prevailing view points. The first one emphasizes the benefits created by the mass availability of information though increasingly affordable devices and increasing communication bandwidth. This has evident impacts on the establishment and strengthening of democracies, it gives people the ability to [...]

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A Pragmatic National Cloud Computing Strategy for Australia

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 31, 2013  |  4 Comments

The Australian government just published the National Cloud Computing Strategy, which goes beyond the usual domain of how government is going to use the cloud (something that several other jurisdictions, including Australia, have done over the last couple of years). This strategy comes as a response to what the Australian Prime Minister promised back in [...]

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Ex-Post Crowdsourcing as a Defensive Social Media Tactic

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 30, 2013  |  2 Comments

Crowdsourcing can be an effective means to tap into the so-called “wisdom of the crowd” to solve complex problems, stimulate innovation, slash the cost of research, encourage collaboration across organizational boundaries. Examples like Innocentive or IdeaScalev come to mind, but there are plenty of areas where crowdsourcing can help. Usually it is applied ex-ante: when [...]

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Sometimes I Wish I Were A Luddite

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 28, 2013  |  2 Comments

For anybody who has been watching the evolution of consumer technology, it is quite clear how devices are becoming obsolescent much sooner than in past years. My parents used the same fridge for over 30 years and the same TV set for almost 20, and my hi-fi has been serving me well for over 20 [...]

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Questionable Research Turns Into Drama, But Exposes a Real Issue

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 23, 2012  |  3 Comments

A while ago I wrote about a research by Italian entrepreneur and contract university professor Marco Camisano Calzlari  claiming that a substantial percentage of Twitter followers for some large corporation would be “bots”. There was quite some debate at the time about how founded his results were: looking at the metrics described in his paper, [...]

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Most IT Leaders Still in Denial About the Euro Crisis, But Not All

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 1, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last week I joined a few other Italian Gartner analysts for an Italy-only event where we addressed an audience of over 300 people with some of the key messages from Gartner research. At the end of the usual analyst keynote I was asked to talk for about ten minutes about the euro crisis. At the [...]

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Transparency Is A Nice Theory but A Difficult Practice

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 30, 2012  |  1 Comment

Last Saturday a group of concerned and web-savvy Italian citizens met in Rome to give birth to a new political party (named “Insieme Italia”, i.e. “Italia Together”). The new party aims at “building shared strategies and actions to get out of the social and economic crisis that besiege the country” Associates have to accept a [...]

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