Andrea DiMaio

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Government IT Cost Optimization: What Has Changed from the GFC to the Fiscal Cliff?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 31, 2012  |  1 Comment

With an agreement between Democrats and Republicans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff not yet in sight despite a fast-approaching deadline, it is fair to assume that government CIOs and IT leaders in the US federal government will have to deal with cost reductions as a key priority. The long tail of the fiscal cliff, […]

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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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Digital Government Strategies Should Focus on What to Do and Not How to Do It

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 18, 2012  |  7 Comments

I do live in Italy and I do work for a US company, spending most of my professional time with US colleagues and clients. They are very different countries, with very different histories, attitudes, weight on the international scene, entrepreneurship, levels of corruption and tax evasion, efficiency of machinery of government, and so forth. Yet, […]


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What’s Wrong with Open Government?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 13, 2011  |  11 Comments

The other day I posted about Beth Noveck’s departure as deputy CTO and responsible for Open Government activities in the US federal government and got considerable pushback from readers who both disliked the title of my post and disagreed about my position that open government is not doing great. Let me clarify why I think […]


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GSA makes smart move on engagement platforms

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 15, 2010  |  6 Comments

A few days ago the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration finally launched NOW (in beta since August) a set of tools that federal employees can use to support their open government plans and engage citizens. The toolkit includes a blogging tool, two wiki tools, a challenge tool […]


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Tech CEOs and the Trillion Dollar Savings: They Do Not Tell the Whole Story

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 7, 2010  |  1 Comment

In a widely publicized report (see also press release), the Technology CEO Council (the US IT industry’s public policy advocacy organization) proposed seven initiatives that would help the US federal government to save over 1 trillion dollars between today and 2020. The Council is formed by the top executives of IBM, Dell, Intel, EMC, Motorola, […]

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US Open Government Does Not Work for Visitors

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 20, 2010  |  3 Comments

As part of my job I have entered the US countless times, always using the visa waiver program and with my proper Electronic System for Travel Authorization.(ESTA). Every time I have been welcomed warmly and professionally by Custom and Border Protection officers: there is always a smile, a sense of respect and willingness to help, […]


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Are the US Obsessed with Cloud as much as Europe was with Open Source?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 23, 2010  |  6 Comments

Over the last month or so there have been a couple of worthwhile events about the US Federal Government’s cloud computing activities. The first one has been the publication of an interesting report, authored by the federal CIO Vivek Kundra, on the State of Public Sector Cloud Computing. This is a compendium of what the […]


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How to Build an Open Government Plan

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 1, 2010  |  5 Comments

I have just published a research note with this title for Gartner clients (login required) and I am toying with the idea of arranging a webinar open to a broader audience to have a conversation about this topic. Here are a few excerpts from the document: The Open Government Directive requires all U.S. agencies to […]


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Open Government Directive: A First Wave of Data, or Rather A Trickle?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 23, 2010  |  6 Comments

January  22, 2010 was the first deadline for US federal agencies to comply with the Open Government Directive issued on December 9, 2009. In particular agencies were requested to identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-value datasets. These sets must be registered for and should not be previously available […]


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