Andrea DiMaio

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Local Government CIO Moving Into the Public Cloud is a Breath of Fresh Air

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 9, 2012  |  Comments Off

At our recent Gartner CIO Leadership Forum in London I met a quite unusual government CIO from a local authority. His attitude reminded me of Vivek Kundra, when I first met him, who used to say that his philosophy was “prove me wrong”. What this means is that he would decide to venture into gray […]

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Toothless Statement on Local e-Government Needs More Than Life Support

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 23, 2010  |  2 Comments

A few days ago I criticized the EU Action Plan on eGovernment, by stressing its limitations but also recognizing the difficulties of developing plans in areas where the EU has close to no regulatory power and can mostly leverage its political influence. A comment to my post highlighted that in looking at what happened in […]

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Can one be rich, young and beautiful?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 17, 2010  |  1 Comment

Yesterday I had an interesting meeting with a municipal authority which is in the process of revamping its e-government strategy. Their objective is provide better and integrated services, to identify common building blocks, to meet the executive leadership’s appetite for visibility and success. Incidentally they said that they already had the system integrator lined up […]

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How Much Does Local Government Really Use the Cloud?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 23, 2010  |  1 Comment

As reported by Government Technology, the Public Technology Institute recently surveyed 93 local government IT executives to find out what they are doing and planning with cloud computing. Here are some of the highlights: top three reasons for using or planning to use the cloud: Resource savings (staff time, maintenance and support): 87% Features: 48% […]

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Is Cloud Computing Killing Open Source in Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 2, 2009  |  28 Comments

I know that some reader will raise their eyebrows reading the title. After all, cloud computing is intimately connected to open source: Linux servers are at the basis of most cloud infrastructures, and several applications that can be consumed as a cloud-based service are either open source or based on open source components. One may […]

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Lack of Money Pushes Local Governments Into the Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 17, 2009  |  10 Comments

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the city of Los Angeles is weighing a plan to replace its e-mail and records retention software with a service provided by Google, a move that could allow the Internet giant to retain sensitive records transmitted by the police and other municipal agencies While this is clearly still […]

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A Local Government Tale: A Portal Away From Web 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 15, 2009  |  5 Comments

Earlier today I had a very interesting conversation with an executive from a local government about their digital society initiatives. These include the development of broadband infrastructure to provide Internet access to residents, and the development of a number of web applications to visualize information about traffic or real estate use as well as to […]

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Local Governments And Open Source: Lost in The Cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 27, 2009  |  1 Comment

This afternoon I gave a short presentation about open source in the public sector to a group of CIOs from European cities. I told them how I’ve gradually seen the emotional and “religious” arguments behind open source being replaced by more rational cost and vendor independence considerations, and I pointed to the recent UK open […]

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