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Five Dos and Five Dont's for the New Italian Digital Leader

by Andrea Dimaio  |  July 11, 2014

On July 10th the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced that new Director general of the Italian Digital Agency would be Alessandra Poggiani. This announcement came after over 150 people...

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Open Source in Government: Back to the Future

by Andrea Dimaio  |  February 5, 2014

Yesterday I read an interesting news about the UK government planning to move decisively toward open source in order to reduce both software cost and dependency on specific vendors, such...

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It Is Time To Pull The Plug on EU-Funded IT Research

by Andrea Dimaio  |  October 11, 2013

Almost 28 years ago, when I officially entered the IT workforce, I found myself working on a research and development project about the use of the Ada programming language (does...

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Spain and Portugal Have Two Down-To-Earth, No-Nonsense Professionals Leading Government IT

by Andrea Dimaio  |  October 1, 2013

A few weeks ago I was in Madrid, discussing about the consolidation and cost containment program that the national government has in place, not unlike those in other European countries....

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Do We Really Need Government Interoperability?

by Andrea Dimaio  |  May 31, 2013

Yesterday I attended a meeting where different European jurisdictions were describing their experiences and plans about government interoperability frameworks, to address the thorny problem of supporting meaningful and timely data...

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Italian Elections Prove that Bricks and Mortars Are Alive and Kicking

by Andrea Dimaio  |  March 1, 2013

Many commentators have been discussing about the outcome of the last Italian elections, held a few das ago, which resulted in a tie between the two major coalitions (center-left Democratic...

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Smart Cities Are Not Intelligent: They Are Astute

by Andrea Dimaio  |  December 14, 2012

Yesterday Gartner held a local briefing in Milan on the topic of Smart Cities. This was attended by local government, vendors and research organizations. Bettina Tratz-Ryan, who is our lead...

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Too Much Political Influence Can Disrupt Public Services

by Andrea Dimaio  |  December 11, 2012

I just read on the Guardian that the hyperactive British minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, “wants fellow ministers to be given the final say in picking a candidate...

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A European Cloudy Partnership

by Andrea Dimaio  |  November 28, 2012

The European Cloud Strategy published last September is a relatively realistic document, aiming at addressing issues of self-certification, procurement, and contracting. While there was an initial fear that a EU...

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Digital by Default, but Not Smart Enough: Hits and Misses of the UK Government Digital Strategy

by Andrea Dimaio  |  November 9, 2012

The UK cabinet office just published its Government Digital Strategy, which culminates its focus on all services to be "digital by default". The strategy states 11 principles and 14 actions...

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