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Posts from Date:   2008-10

Getting a European View on the Future of Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 31, 2008

Yesterday I had the pleasure to present “The Future of Government Is No Government” to a group of officials from the European Commission, mostly coming from the Directorate General for Information Society and Media. It was great to meet many familiar faces. In fact, before joining Gartner, I spent four years at the European Commission […]

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Help Us Prepare the Research Agenda for Government, 2009

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 29, 2008

We have just started surveys and client discussions about the topics we need to cover for our government research in 2009. This is what we cann “Research Agenda”, which we publish at the beginning of each year (take a look at the Government Agenda for 2008). We are looking for specific areas of concern for […]

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Government Mashups and Market Neutrality

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 28, 2008

Last week I was having a conversation with a regional authority that is exploring how to make its public information easily available through mainstream social networking sites, such as Facebook or YouTube. Interestingly, the conversation moved very soon away from trust, security and reputation issues, and touched upon a rather new topic that I do […]

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Top Expert on Government Efficiency Cautions on Shared Services

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 27, 2008

Sir Peter Gershon, who developed the famous Efficiency Review for the UK government in 2004, recently released a similar report for the Australian government. Among other things, the report includes a very enlightening section on shared services: […] 5.3.3 Consider shared services carefully The review received a number of inputs from industry indicating the significant […]

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Green IT Panel for Government in Orlando

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 20, 2008

On Tuesday last week I had the pleasure to moderate a panel on “Is There Anything Greener Than The Dollar?“. Panelists were Terry Redman, CIO of South West Florida Water Management District and Richard Boe, Director of IT Operations at FAA Air Traffic Organization. Terry spoke about their current green IT program and how much […]

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My presentation in Orlando disappoints consolidation enthusiasts

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 14, 2008

Yesterday I gave my presentation “The future of government is no government” for the first time (here is a blog post that describes it). Weird room set up, very wide with screens at each side, and a small podium.  I had the feeling that the audience was quite intrigued by the idea of governments doing less […]

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This crisis will make web 2.0 even more important to governments

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 10, 2008

In times like these, when financial turmoil is storming the entire world and governments are called to act to defend their economies and societies, it is too easy to pull the brakes (or the plug) on innovation, focus on how to keep the lights on, squeeze efficiency out of the infrastructure,  and delay, postpone or […]

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The power of scenario planning: sadly, we got it right

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 8, 2008

Three years ago Gartner published a series of research notes about governments would use technology in year 2020. To develop this research we used traditional scenario planning techniques, building four possible scenarios according to the combination of two uncertain and independent forces. The first one was the attitude of citizens towards privacy (ranging from permissive […]

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Are governments suffering from cognitive disorders?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 4, 2008

On my way back to Milan from Brussels, I flew next to a neurologist and we started chatting about neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer or senile dementia. I have an old mother who is still almost fit, but starts showing signs of memory loss and mild cognitive disorders. I asked him what can be done […]

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A striking constrast between short and long term priorities

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 1, 2008

I am in rainy Brussels where, on my own time, I am helping former colleagues from the European Commission select innovative projects in the context of one of the EU programs to stimulate research and development as well as uptake of several innovative technologies. Overall budgets for these programs are multi-billion euro and each call […]

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