Andrea DiMaio

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Microsoft Returns Fire in Federal Cloud Battle

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 9, 2010  |  4 Comments

On December 8 Microsoft announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) would move 120,000 users to Microsoft Online Services’ Business Productivity Online Suite, and more specifically BPOS-F, the dedicated infrastructure available to US federal government clients which recently received the authorization to operate (ATO) according to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. […]


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Life after E-Government: from Cloud to Crowd

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 8, 2010  |  4 Comments

Last week I attended the Government Leaders Forum organized by Microsoft in Brussels. Unsurprisingly, the event – although targeted to senior government executives and policy makers – mentioned the term “cloud” multiple times. While some of the angles were quite intriguing, e.g. a discussion about how to develop a single European market of cloud services, […]


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Microsoft offers a refreshing perspective on government clouds

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

In a recently released a white paper about The Economics of the Cloud for the EU Public Sector (there is also an almost identical version with “US” rather than “EU” in the title), Microsoft has tried to describe in layman terms what the advantages of shifting to cloud computing would be for public sector organizations. […]


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Government and the Battle of the Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

Last week there has been a number of interesting events concerning cloud computing and government. It all started with the news that the State of California has awarded a contract for email to Microsoft, followed by the long-awaited list of IaaS vendors selected by GSA after 16 months and two RFQs, and was concluded by […]


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The far-reaching consequences of Google anti-trust and privacy cases on open government and cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 25, 2010  |  2 Comments

Over the last few days, Google has been targeted by authorities in Europe (namely European Commission and Italian Justice) on topics ranging from responsibility for user-generated content that was infringing privacy and copyright laws to anti-competitive practices in ranking search results. As I am not a lawyer I will stay away from any opinion about […]


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Microsoft Helps on Open Government, But Can’t Forget Its Own Legacy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 12, 2010  |  4 Comments

After the publication of the Open Government Directive, which imposes quite tight deadlines on federal agencies to publish more data, I have been tracking what different vendors are doing to help their clients comply. An excellent and very timely example comes from Microsoft. On their web site, one can find a wealth of information, including […]


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Ask Five Vendors Your Questions About Government and Cloud Computing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 12, 2009  |  6 Comments

On October 20 at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando I will be moderating Cloud Computing in Government: A Vendor Perspective, a panel with five vendors discussing the relevance and roadmap to cloud computing for government organizations. Vendors in the panel (in strict alphabetical order) are: CSC Google Microsoft Terremark Their choice is neither reflective […]


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The Geopolitics of Cloud Computing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 17, 2009  |  3 Comments

Like most highly hyped technology topics, also cloud computing is raising increasing political attention. This is already clear for the U.S: Federal Government where many people at OMB and GSA push the idea of cloud computing as a cure for various IT diseases. But this is happening also at the state and local level. Two […]


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Conservatives Push For Google And Microsoft To Take Over Patient Records

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 14, 2009  |  5 Comments

Google Health and Microsoft Health Vault received their first blessing in Europe by the Conservative party in the UK. The Centre for Policy Studies published a report  with an intriguing title “It’s Ours – Why we, not government, must own our data”, which says: A clear choice is emerging for the future of government IT: […]


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Microsoft Joins Google and Amazon in the Rush to Open Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 8, 2009  |  5 Comments

After the announcements from Google and Amazon, both of which I have covered in previous posts, it is now Microsoft’s turn to play in the space of open government data, a term that has received significant “stimulus” (not financial tough) from the the new US administration through its announcements and activities around both and […]


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