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Posts from Date:   2009-2

A Creative Way of “Reducing” IT Costs in Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 23, 2009

During my recent three week long visit to Australia, I was not surprised to see that practically every single client meeting was either dominated or making reference to the so-called Gershon Review. This is an independent review of the Australian government’s use of ICT performed in 2008 by Peter Gershon, former UK Treasury’s Chief Executive and […]

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The Party Has Started: Gathering Ideas About How To Spend

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 18, 2009

Now that the US President has signed the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act and money must be made available as soon as possible to re-ignite the economy, US states use the Internet to gather ideas from their constituents. One good example is, which allows people to register by their email address and fill a […]

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Don Tapscott Is Really Wrong About Government 2.0

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 14, 2009

I have been following Don Tapscott’s ventures into government for a while, after he wrote the very successful Wikinomics. Our paths crossed a couple of times: when he gave an excellent keynote speech at a Gartner Government Summit back in 2007, and when I participated in some EU and World Bank workshop on web 2.0 […]

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Obama Administration Stumbles on Transparency

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 13, 2009

I was looking for information about the US stimulus package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan) and I finally found it on the blog section of There is post there, inviting to take a look, send thoughts, comments and ideas. I clicked on the link with great expectations and found a page with four further […]

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Stimulus Packages and Consultants: A Tough Question

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 12, 2009

At last, agreement has been reached between the US Congress and Senate about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as noted in a blog entry on the White House web site. This is an extraordinary effort that we all hope will have a positive effect on the economy and will trigger what is required to reignite […]

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Two faces of Government Innovation

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 11, 2009

A few days ago I spent an hour with two enterprise architects at a Department of Education. Our conversation started talking about the trends we see on the adoption of enterprise architecture in government, and how web 2.0 and the emergence of web-oriented architectures (WOA) are challenging the very premises of whole-of-government EA programs. As […]

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Obama’s CTO Candidate May Become CIO

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 5, 2009

According to press reports, the much awaited CTO position in the new US administration are that one of the top candidates may actually fill the role of Director for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget. Vivek Kundra, who is the current CTO of the District of Columbia (and who featured […]

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Web 2.0: Reversing The Perspective

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 3, 2009

Today I run a round table in Australia with people coming from state and local government agencies. Part of the discussion was about how to use mashups on the portal owned by a Department of Tourism. One view was that the portal could act as a broker of information coming from different operators (travel agents, […]

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