Andrea DiMaio

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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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How Government CIOs Can Win the Digital Battle

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 22, 2013  |  2 Comments

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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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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Are Government CIOs Becoming Too Complacent?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 6, 2012  |  3 Comments

Today I had the pleasure of animating a workshop as part of Gartner European Forum in London. The title of the workshop was “Government CIOs on a Tight Rope” and we discussed two of Gartner’s recent predictions: By 2013, financial sustainability will join cost containment as the top driver and constraint for government IT spending. […]


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If the Enterprise is an Orchestra, Is Technology an Amplifier or a Synthesizer?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 28, 2012  |  1 Comment

I just spent two days at the Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in Dubai, where my colleague Mark McDonald opened the event with a great keynote. The theme of the event was “Amplify the Enteprise”, which captures the increasing role that IT can play to innovate and drive the business. During his keynote Mark used an […]

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More IT Centralization May Not Be The Best Route to Cost Saving

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 1, 2010  |  6 Comments

As reported by Information Week, the Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a law to improve the state’s IT infrastructure and make it less expensive. the law aims at stronger project oversight, increased transparency in spending, greater cost savings, energy usage reduction and further services consolidation. It strengthens the former Department of Technology Services, […]


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When There is Nothing Else Left Than Cutting Costs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 29, 2010  |  3 Comments

I have visited five European countries in the last two weeks, meeting over 50 clients, and almost every single conversation has been either about how to reduce costs or about how to deal with specific technical or organizational challenges in a cost-constrained environment. This is not totally new, as several jurisdictions have been under pressure […]


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Do CIOs Really Get Social Media?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 28, 2010  |  5 Comments

Last Friday I attended the Gartner EXP Forum in Venice, where a group of Italian CIOs met for a couple of days to discuss trends, issues and priorities with Gartner analysts. I had the pleasure to run the opening session, which was a panel with three executives: the CIO from a consumer-facing enterprise in the […]


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From e-government to a-govermment

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 23, 2010  |  5 Comments

Yesterday I met with a government-funded organization that develops innovative e-government solutions for various departments, through a combination of national and European funding schemes. Earlier I had also discussed with a central agency in charge of common architectures and interoperability. The topic of both conversations was how to evolve their mission and strategic objectives recognizing […]


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Are Developers an Endangered Species?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 22, 2010  |  6 Comments

Yesterday was one of my most interesting days as a blogger. My blog statistics for the day skyrocketed as I got most readers and comments than ever. Unfortunately most of the comments were quite negative and I got my fair share of three and four letter words, references to my physical appearance, accusations of being […]


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