Andrea DiMaio

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Apps.gov R.I.P.: Long Live Cloud Storefronts!

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 4, 2012  |  13 Comments

With a rather sudden decision the General Services Administration (GSA) decided to discontinue the first cloud storefront deployed by a government organization. Apps.gov was launched by former CIO Vivek Kundra as a way to kickstart the use of cloud computing. Its content was for a long time little else than what could be found on […]

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Obama’s Victory Speech: Why Change and Forward is Not Enough for Government IT

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 8, 2012  |  Comments Off

Like many people around the world, I listened to the US President’s speech after his victory at the last election. I found one sentence particularly inspiring: “America is not about what can be done for us. It is about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of […]

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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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Digital Government Strategies Should Focus on What to Do and Not How to Do It

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 18, 2012  |  7 Comments

I do live in Italy and I do work for a US company, spending most of my professional time with US colleagues and clients. They are very different countries, with very different histories, attitudes, weight on the international scene, entrepreneurship, levels of corruption and tax evasion, efficiency of machinery of government, and so forth. Yet, […]

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Why Its Chief’s Resignation Should Make GSA Proud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 3, 2012  |  2 Comments

I was shocked yesterday when I received a news alert about Martha Johnson’s resignation over excessive spending for a training conference near Las Vegas in 2010. According to news reports, the chief of Public Buildings Service and Johnson’s top adviser were fired, and four managers were suspended. In her resignation letter, Mrs Johnson explains that […]

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The Emerging Government App Store: IT Public Procurement Nirvana?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 29, 2012  |  5 Comments

Over the last couple of weeks I have had numerous conversations with government executives and IT leaders about cloud computing, open source, shared services, software reuse. These are all different perspectives on IT sourcing, and they are often made problematic by clumsy public procurement procedures. Let’s take cloud computing. Part of its value proposition is […]

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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Government 2.0 in 2011

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 27, 2011  |  4 Comments

For the third year in a row, here is my (absolutely personal) top ten in the area of government 2.0 and government innovation in general.  This ranking is my own, and – as such – totally arbitrary. I am sure I am missing great things that happened in many corners of the world, and I […]

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The US Federal CIO Leaves: Has Government Run Out of Innovation Fuel?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 16, 2011  |  2 Comments

Over the last few days there have been two prominent IT professionals have announced that they will be leaving the Federal government. Last week, Sonny Baghowalia, who has been leading the cloud agenda at GSA announced that he accepted a position of CIO in the State of Hawai starting in July. Today’s news is that […]

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Obama’s State of the Union Sets the Bar Higher for Information Technology

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 27, 2011  |  2 Comments

The US President made his second State of the Union address on January 25th (see full transcript from New York Times), touching both on what his administration has accomplished and, more importantly, on the challenges ahead and how they require bi-partisan approaches to be solved. Certainly an inspired and inspirational speech for an overseas observer […]

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A Year in Review: Top Ten for Government 2.0 in 2010

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 28, 2010  |  8 Comments

As I did last year, I decided to share my personal top ten in the area of government 2.0 and the likes. Once more, I am following the tradition of many top tens, by going in reverse order, from number ten to number one. This ranking is my own, o course, and – as such […]

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