Andrea DiMaio

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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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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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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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Nobel Prize to Obama: A Metaphor For Information Technology

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 10, 2009  |  3 Comments

The award of the Nobel Prize for Peace to President Barack Obama has both caught many by surprise and stressed how compelling his vision for change is on foreign policy. Some commentators have criticized this choice, indicating that it is more an award to hope than to achievement. Some of the processes he has set [...]

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A Few Questions While Waiting for the Open Government Directive

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 14, 2009  |  3 Comments

As announced by US Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra during the Gov 2.0 Summit (see NextGov article), the US government is about to release an Open Government Directive, further to President Obama’s executive memo dated January 21st. According to a recent NextGov article, The directive will lay out a structured schedule for the release of data [...]

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Opening White House Visitor Logs: Isn’t Transparency Going A Bit Too Far?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

As reported by the New York Times, last Friday President Obama said he will open up White House visitor logs on a regular basis for the first time in modern history. Visitor logs that will be disclosed include As the article says By the end of the year, the White House will begin posting online [...]

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Web 2.0 Or Not, Government Issues Remain The Same

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 4, 2009  |  1 Comment

I just read an article on NextGov about some members of the open government community (I’m not exactly sure how that’s defined) expressing dissatisfaction on the fact that the White House would be too techno-centric in dealing with transparency issues. The article also mentions the relatively slow progress in drafting the open government directive (see [...]

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The White House and Government 2.0: To Tweet Or Not To Tweet?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 28, 2009  |  4 Comments

(UPDATED) During an interview on C-SPAN on July 26th, when asked by the interviewer whether he was personally using Twitter, the Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that he does not, also because “for some reason Twitter is blocked on White House computers” (but primarily because he feels people already know enough about what it [...]

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Lost In Transparency?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 22, 2009  |  1 Comment

Although I am on vacation, I keep receiving feeds and alerts from various blogs and publications, in between my teen age daughter’s short text messages asking to stay up with friends a little bit longer and unanswered calls to my younger son to know whether he’s still alive after a diving session. I noticed that [...]

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US Federal Government Puts Its Toes into the Cloud Computing Water

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

A White House document published yesterday with the FY 2010 budget request touches on cloud computing as a way to improve innovation, efficiency and effectiveness in federal IT. The document suggests that A number of pilot projects will be implemented to offer an opportunity to utilize more fully and broadly departmental and agency architectures to [...]

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