Andrea DiMaio

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From "more for less" to "good enough for (almost) free"

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 11, 2011  |  2 Comments

There is one particular sentence that I have heard countless times over the five or six years: doing more with less. First time I heard it was during the first efficiency review conducted by Sir Peter Gershon for the UK government, where for the first time after many years the case for government cost containment [...]

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Progress Remains Slow on Both Government 2.0 and Cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 7, 2011  |  2 Comments

I just finished my briefing tour, which touched Washington DC and five state capitals. I had a lot of great interactions with government CIOs, state secretaries, IT leaders and PR officers. In almost all cases I found great interest on both topics, as well as pretty typical patterns about how to face problems and opportunities. [...]

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Grace: A Welcome Trait for New Government CIOs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 6, 2011  |  Comments Off

During my recent briefing tour in the US I had the privilege of meeting once again Vivek Kundra, the US federal CIO whom I have known for a few years now, and the recently appointed CIO of the State of Michigan, David Behen. I spent about an hour with Vivek in DC, chatting about some [...]

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Is Cloud Computing a Solution in Search of a Problem?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 14, 2011  |  3 Comments

Last Friday I started my briefing tour in beautiful Vienna, where I had a chance to address government IT executives in two separate meetings, both focused on the topic of cloud computing. At the end of the second meeting I got a question I have heard several times, but was asked with an interesting spin. [...]

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Defining Smart(er) Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 14, 2010  |  1 Comment

Terms like smart city, smart government or smarter planet have been used over the last two or three years by several vendors to indicate a set of additional capabilities than governments should possess to make their jurisdictions more sustainable in economic, societal and environmental terms. A working definition of smart city is provided in Gartner [...]

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Two CIOs Facing Complex Challenges with a Soft and Clever Touch

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 24, 2010  |  Comments Off

During my stay in Finland I had a number of interesting meetings, two of which with CIOs having responsibility respectively at the national and local government level. In one case, the CIO is overseeing a significant consolidation and centralization program that will rationalize computing assets and applications from several different agencies . While a shared [...]

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Are the US Obsessed with Cloud as much as Europe was with Open Source?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 23, 2010  |  6 Comments

Over the last month or so there have been a couple of worthwhile events about the US Federal Government’s cloud computing activities. The first one has been the publication of an interesting report, authored by the federal CIO Vivek Kundra, on the State of Public Sector Cloud Computing. This is a compendium of what the [...]

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Help Gartner Define Its Government Research Agenda for 2010

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 8, 2009  |  6 Comments

As the agenda manager for the government research team in Gartner, I am in the process of gathering input from clients and non clients about the areas we should be researching about in the course of 2010. You are welcome to respond to our survey, which asks three very simple questions: What are your top [...]

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Why The IT Industry Could Derail Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 3, 2009  |  11 Comments

By now I think many agree that the evolution of e-government (and in particular the electronic delivery of information and services to various stakeholders) will  follow a “government 2.0” path. While I really hate the term “government 2.0”, it is effective at summarizing the use of web 2.0 technologies that will have a transformational impact [...]

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New European IT Agency: A First Step Toward A EU Cloud?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 29, 2009  |  Comments Off

Some tome ago I posted about whether there is room for a “European cloud”, with reference to on-going discussions on the future of government interoperability in the EU. Last week, an apparently unrelated event caught my eyes: The European Commission adopted a legislative package proposing the setting up of an Agency for the long‑term operational [...]

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