Andrea DiMaio

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How To Forget BYOD and Still Be Loved By Your Clients

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 12, 2012  |  Comments Off

A few days ago I gave a presentation about the future of government CIOs to the IT and business staff of a local government in the Netherlands. This is a rather affluent city, and one of the happy few that – thanks to its location and tax revenues – does not seem to have any [...]

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Could Politics Derail the Cloud?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 11, 2012  |  2 Comments

On Monday I read the news that GM’s CIO has decided to slash outsourcing in a move to transform IT and its role. As reported by InformationWeek: Today, about 90% of GM’s IT services, from running data centers to writing applications, are provided by outsourcing companies such as HP/EDS, IBM, Capgemini, and Wipro, and only [...]

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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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A short-lived sparkle of light in government social media use

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 19, 2010  |  4 Comments

This morning I met a group of people from a ministry in Helsinki, Finland, and I run through some of my material on government 2.0. As I faced the topic of overlapping personal and professional identities, and how employees can leverage personal use of social media for their employer’s benefits (Gartner clients can read Government [...]

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What Do Berlusconi and 9/11 Tell Us About Government 2.0?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 20, 2009  |  4 Comments

On December 13 2009 the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was injured in Milan (Italy) by a mentally disturbed individual who hit him with a statuette. Shortly afterwards Facebook and other social media have been stormed by discussions to support Berlusconi as well as his attacker, including some conspiracy theories claiming that the whole attack [...]

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Why North Americans Will Get Government 2.0 and Europeans Won’t

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 30, 2009  |  10 Comments

I spent two very intense weeks in the US and Canada, meeting hundreds of clients at all government levels on the topic of social media. I started in Orlando with chatting in the backstage and then on stage with Vivek Kundra, the US CIO, then I had countless one-on-ones and round tables with clients from [...]

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Why So Many Are Getting Government 2.0 Wrong

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 16, 2009  |  26 Comments

Over the last several months I have stressed both the promise and the danger of the many activities around the use of web 2.0 technologies in and by governments, currently nicknames as “government 2.0” (incidentally, I am working on a research note with a formal Garner definition of this term). Most of my criticisms to [...]

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What Do The European Elections Mean To The IT Industry?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 11, 2009  |  Comments Off

Isn’t this a fascinating question? It goes without saying that I have little clue about the answer, but I’m sure this is something European policy-makers  need to look into pretty soon, especially as they work toward a new set of policies for the post-2010 Information Society. There are two facts that stem out of this [...]

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Why EU-funded R&D Fails

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 29, 2009  |  5 Comments

I’ve been pondering about this post for a long time, actually even before I was one of the Gartner bloggers. This position of mine has developed over almost 20 years, since when I started being involved in cooperative research & development projects funded by the European Union under the so-called Framework Program for Research and [...]

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