Andrea DiMaio

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Government IT Cost Containment at an Inflection Point

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 25, 2013  |  Comments Off

Government organizations around the world have been on a continuous path toward greater IT efficiency as a result of overall spending cuts and budget reductions driven by the economic and financial situation in most of the developed world. An excellent report recently published by the UK National Audit Office shows that recipes for IT cost […]

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Government IT Cost Optimization: What Has Changed from the GFC to the Fiscal Cliff?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 31, 2012  |  1 Comment

With an agreement between Democrats and Republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff not yet in sight despite a fast-approaching deadline, it is fair to assume that government CIOs and IT leaders in the US federal government will have to deal with cost reductions as a key priority. The long tail of the fiscal cliff, […]

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The Main Obstacle to Government Efficiency is the Cost of Democracy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 27, 2012  |  3 Comments

As we go through a tough economic and financial climate, attention is drawn by the cost of government and how slashing it would significantly contribute to both reducing public debt and injecting more resources into the economy. Although with varying degrees across the world, government is usually considered less efficient that the private sector. Sometimes […]


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UK Government’s Aggressive Targets for IT Cost Reduction: Are They Achievable and Desirable?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 25, 2012  |  Comments Off

Yesterday I was one of the keynote speakers at the Microsoft’s Government Solutions Forum in London. The speaker before was Liam Maxwell, recently appointed as Deputy Government CIO and already Director of ICT Futures. Liam gave a compelling speech about the current ICT strategy for the UK government, stressing how radical they need to be […]

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Budget Cuts May Make Government Smarter at Innovating

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 22, 2011  |  2 Comments

At a cloud-related event GSA’s Dave McClure – commenting on the fact that the expected funding levels for eGov activities for 2012 appear to be below what was requested – said “When anyone gets less money than they requested, something’s got to give. Our challenge is trying to use this fund to fuel innovation and […]


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In Tough Times, Smart Governments Must Be Both Affordable and Sustainable

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

Increasing uncertainties about the global economic and financial situation, including worries about the sovereign debt in Europe, and the tightening government budgets are likely to trigger short-term reactions to reduce IT and other spending in government. Of course almost everybody knows that IT investments are key to reduce costs elsewhere, by increasing automation, reducing duplication, […]


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Recent Events Are Pushing Governments to Be Both Smarter and Cheaper

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 10, 2011  |  2 Comments

What has been happening in the world during the last few days gives a glimpse of the level of uncertainty government and business are and will be operating within for the foreseeable future. A country like the U.S., where many economists and political leader thought they were out of a recession and growing at a […]


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Should Governments Spend More or Less on IT?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 3, 2011  |  4 Comments

Just yesterday a last-minute agreement has been found to prevent the US from defaulting on their debt, while Europe is still swept by increasing financial worries triggered by the situation in Greece and Ireland, which may spread to other countries too. Sluggish economic growth and the need for formidable reductions in public spending will pose […]


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Smart Government Is Not About Supremacy: It Is About Survival

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 26, 2011  |  4 Comments

There seems to be a common misconception around the use of the term “smart” when used in direct or indirect connection to “government”. Smart cities, smart public transportation, smart planets, smart communities: all these and similar terms are being used mostly by vendors, but also by government business and IT executives who aim at setting […]


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The Irony of Cutting Government IT Costs

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 6, 2011  |  1 Comment

There is nothing better, and indeed more sad, than starting my New Year’s blogging with yet another not too exciting example from my own country, but so be it. Less than one month after our Minister of Justice and his colleague responsible for Public Service and Innovation proudly announced the “Vivifacile Giustizia” project (it sounds […]

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