Andrea DiMaio

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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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Why Government IT Consolidation May Be Doomed

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 9, 2012  |  1 Comment

Yesterday I spent the whole day with government clients in a European country where there is an aggressive plan to consolidate infrastructure across several departments. This is one of the many data center consolidation programs that are going on around the world in all tiers of government. Some of them are quite aggressive and are […]

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Why Bother With Government IT Consolidation?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 17, 2011  |  3 Comments

I am getting close to the end of the Gartner Symposium in Gold Coast and a few conversations with clients have been about shared services and consolidation. Australia has quite a tradition with shared services, as many states have implemented and run shared services for quite a few years. Today many governments around the world […]


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A Grim Picture About Government IT in Most of Europe

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 4, 2010  |  5 Comments

Over the last two weeks I have been visiting Italy, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden, meeting a fair amount of clients in each country. With the notable exception of Sweden, almost all conversations revolved around the need for cost savings, something I have touched upon in a previous post. The other common theme […]


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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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Japan Gets Its Cloud’s Name Right: Do You Know What Kasumigaseki Means?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 8, 2010  |  1 Comment

During my very interesting visit to Japan I had a chance to visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), which is responsible – among other things – of the Japanese government cloud initiative, nicknamed Kasumigaseki Cloud. They presented a relatively sound strategy based on building a Government Shared Platform as a result of […]

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Against Government IT Centralization

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 8, 2009  |  3 Comments

Over the last several years we have witnessed a move towards greater consolidation and centralization of IT assets and IT-intensive processes across several jurisdictions. Some of these have taken the form of true shared services, where different government organizations use and jointly manage those assets, while others have moved more decisively toward sheer centralization, where […]


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When Cloud Computing May Hamper Server Consolidation

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 9, 2009  |  1 Comment

In a discussion with several people from  an agency in a US jurisdiction, I was asked whether cloud computing can help IT consolidation. Digging a bit, I found out that this jurisdiction is consolidating data centers across different departments and – as far as I can tell – the process is still on-going. The jurisdiction […]

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