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Andrea Di Maio
Managing VP
15 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Andrea Di Maio is a managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research, covering government and education. His personal research focus is on digital government strategies strategies, Web 2.0, open government, cloud computing, the business value of IT, smart cities, and the impact of technology on the future of government Read Full Bio

Digital Government is little else than making e-government work

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 18, 2013

Almost every day I either read an article, or hear from a client or discuss with a colleague about “digital government”. Every single jurisdiction has or is in the process of cranking up a digital plan of some sort, or is in the middle (or better the beginning) of its implementation. As I sift through […]

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The Dark Side of E-Books

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 9, 2013

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

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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Do We Really Need Government Interoperability?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 31, 2013

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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When It Comes to Government and Technology, China Is Much Closer Than We Think

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 28, 2013

I spent my first week ever in Beijing, where my local colleague gave me ample opportunities to meet clients and prospects – both government organizations and IT vendors – as well as to discover some of the beauties of this formidable country, like the well-known Forbidden City or the less-known but equally impressive contemporary architectural […]

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How Government CIOs Can Win the Digital Battle

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 22, 2013

Last week I spoke to a local government CIO about innovation. We discussed about the impact of digital, open data, social media and more. When I made my usual point about the imbalance in the use of open data and more in general of digital innovation toward external impact and the apparent disregard for how […]

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There Is More To The US Open Data Policy Than Meets The Eye

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 10, 2013

On May 9, after a longer-than-expected preparation, the Open Data Policy announced as part of the US Digital Government Strategy has been issued together with an executive order signed by President Obama about Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. As one reads the order, browses through the first few pages […]

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Are CIOs in Denial?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 9, 2013

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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Smart Cities Need Senior People, Not Just Geeks

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 22, 2013

When people talk about smart cities, there seems to be an implicit assumption that those who get the concept and are able to lead the change must be demographically young. The same applies with other recent technology-driven phenomena, such as open government or government 2.0. Datapaloozas. hackatons, hangouts, unconferences: people who are over 40 can […]

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Is Open Data Just Nice To Have When Times Are Tough?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 4, 2013

Earlier today I was being briefed by a major vendor about their public sector offering. This vendor provides – among other things – content management solutions. In passing, I asked whether they plan to add support for open data creation, management, mash-up, but they answered that they are seeing less demand for this than just […]

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