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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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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From “Cloud First” to “Future First”: New Motto, Same Issues

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 2, 2011  |  2 Comments

A few days after I met him in DC, the US Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel addressed an audience of technology companies in Palo Alto, summarizing the main directions of his work for the months to come. He stressed efforts in four main areas: data center consolidation and cloud, modernization and mobility for the workforce, [...]

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Meeting the New US Federal CIOs: Continuity, with a Different Style

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 21, 2011  |  1 Comment

Today I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time the recently appointed US Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel, who replaced Vivek Kundra last August. Steven has a past as Microsoft executive and more recently in federal government for two years before his last appointment, where he has been working on some interesting innovations [...]

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Welcome to the New US Federal CIO, and Good Luck

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 4, 2011  |  3 Comments

As first reported by the New York Times, the newly appointed US Federal CIO, replacing Vivek Kundra, is Steve VanRoekel, who joined the Federal Communications Commission as managing director in June 2009 after more than a decade at Microsoft. I never had the pleasure to meet or speak to Steve, but reports about FCC’s accomplishments [...]

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Goodbye Vivek: Let’s Hope Your Legacy Is Sustainable

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 4, 2011  |  1 Comment

With Vivek Kundra, the first whole-of-government CIO for the US federal government, leaving his post for more academic pastures, it is fair to ask ourselves what impact he really had and to what extent the changes he set in motion will be sustainable. Vivek showed that innovation is possible and that there are ways to [...]

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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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Free IT Management Tools: A Gift from the US Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 31, 2011  |  Comments Off

Earlier today, the US federal CIO Vivek Kundra released the software code for the IT Dashboard as well as the whole toolkit supporting the TechStat project reviews. The purpose is to both crowdsource these tools to improve them and to facilitate their deployment across different agencies and jurisdictions. The target audience could be much broader [...]

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US Federal CIO Walks The Talk: Reforming Government IT

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 13, 2010  |  3 Comments

Over the last 18 months or so I have been following Vivek Kundra’s adventure as the US Federal CIO. I had the pleasure to meet Vivek when he was the CTO in Washington DC and we shared our views of web 2.0 and cloud in what happened to be the early days of a much [...]

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US Federal Government: Axing IT to Save IT?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 28, 2010  |  5 Comments

In an executive memo issued today by OMB Director Peter Orszag (see his blog post), the US Federal Government announced three important measures: (1) Peter Orszag is directing all executive departments and agencies are to stop issuing new task orders or procurements for all financial system modernization projects – an area of persistent problems – [...]

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