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US CTO’s ideas for Innovation Are Cool, but Hardly Sustainable

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 1, 2012  |  Comments Off

I recently read an interesting article on Nextgov about how the new US Government CTO, Todd Park, is trying to inject innovation in a notoriously slow federal environment by bringing on board people from the private sector who can offer a different perspective and trigger what Park calls a “lean startup mode in government”. As […]

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The Myth of Government Innovation

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 24, 2011  |  Comments Off

This morning I sat in a panel on technology innovation in the context of the ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference, held in Williamsburg, Virginia. The panel, which was moderated by Rob Atkinson (President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation), featured Lisa Schlosser (Deputy CIO at OMB), Peter Tseronis (CIO at Department of Energy) and Curt […]

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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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Sustainable Innovation Needs a New Breed of Innovators

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 14, 2011  |  1 Comment

On September 13 and 14 an Innovation Jam was held in Italy to involve around 3000 people in discussing several aspects of innovation, from how to support start ups to how to develop a digital agenda for a country, from open data to cloud computing, from open source to smart cities, and more. I have […]

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Balancing Cost Containment and Innovation in Government: More or Less Centralization?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 8, 2010  |  Comments Off

Browsing through the first responses to our online survey on top business and IT issues for government organizations in 2011 (by the way, please respond if you did not already), I have noticed that cost cutting, cost containment or cost optimization (more or less politically correct variations of the same topic) is still among the […]

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When Being Smart Is Not Enough: The Mythical Value of IT in Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 6, 2010  |  5 Comments

I just read the news about the reallocation of over 440 million Australian dollars of innovation funds to pay down the deficit. This money had been set aside as a result of the efficiency review conducted by Sir Peter Gershon. While it is not unusual that governments scratch the bottom of the barrel during tough […]


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“The Key to Government Innovation is to Cut Budgets by 50 percent”

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 13, 2010  |  8 Comments

This statement was made by a senior attendee at a client event where several CIOs met to discuss about government 2.0 and other innovations when he was asked what is needed to trigger innovation in government. He said that most of the stuff he is hearing about government 2.0, transparency, citizen engagement, cloud computing does […]


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Could the cloud kill innovation? So what?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 25, 2009  |  1 Comment

Today I had an interesting conversation with a government client who – over ten years ago – architected a domain-specific integration broker supporting mission-critical applications running across jurisdictional boundaries. After having been detached to another agency for several years, he came back to his old agency at the beginning of this year, and discovered that […]

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Italian Minister for Innovation Fights Social Media Innovation

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

As a Gartner analyst I travel and live a lot outside of my home country, which is Italy. Actually, my entire professional life, even before joining Gartner, has led me to work abroad with international partners and client. This means that I have plenty of opportunities to look at my country almost as an outsider, […]


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Submit Your Favorite Innovation Example for Gartner Symposium

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 22, 2008  |  Comments Off

I am preparing a presentation for the Gartner Spring Symposium in Las Vegas about Real Examples of Innovation in Government and I would like to gather input from readers of this blog. To do so, I have arranged a very simple online survey for those who are willing to submit a case: those selected will […]

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