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Posts from Date:   2010-5

If the UK Killed Its ID Card, Why Can’t Italy Kill Its Certified E-Mail?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 30, 2010

This is one of those posts where I need to stress again – although this is already written at the bottom of the blog page – that I am expressing an opinion that is absolutely personal, does not constitute a Gartner position and does not appear in any of our research notes. A few days […]

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When E-Government Is Not Good Enough

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 28, 2010

Tax filing season is always an inspiration for both good and bad stories about the use of technology in government. As an analyst covering e-government, I self-inflicted the pain of filing taxes online for a few years. Although Italy was pretty high on the EU ranking for this particular service, the experience has never been […]

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From E-government to Open Government: Back to the Future

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 27, 2010

On May 25 and 26 I did attend the World Congress on Information Technology held in sunny, chilly and beautiful Amsterdam. This was a massive event with more than 4000 delegates and over 300 speakers organized on eight parallel tracks, covering themes like health, safety, mobility, energy and so forth. I had the pleasure of […]

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The UK May Prove that ID Card Programs Can Be Killed

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 25, 2010

Yesterday the Chancellor of the new coalition government in the UK, George Osborne, announced some draconian measures to save money, which will affect IT spending and some high-profile programs, which confirmed by the Queen’s speech today As reported by CIO UK yesterday and today, the identity card and biometric passport programs may both be axed, […]

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US Federal Government Facelifts Its Cloud Initiative

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 24, 2010

Over the last week or so a few events have witnessed that the US Federal Government, and in particular the GSA, is in the process of accelerating its cloud computing initiative and making it more relevant after the launch of (which went largely unnoticed from a procurement perspective) and a failed RFQ for infrastructure-as-a-service […]

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Inter Milan Wins the Champions League: Thoughts about Vintage Technology

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 23, 2010

I am not fanatic about soccer, although it is the most important sport in my country. I became a soccer fan in 1965, when I was a little kid, not even a first-grader, and watched Inter Milan win what would have been its last Champions League until yesterday. After that, what looked like an invincible […]

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Gulf Countries: Warm Hospitality and Amazing Potential

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 20, 2010

I had the privilege of spending a full week meeting government clients in Oman, Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar. Last time I had been there almost three years ago, and things have changed considerably since. Dubai – in spite of having slowed down – now has a world-class metro, one of the most extraordinary examples of […]

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When you are a leader, you cannot look into the rearview mirror

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 19, 2010

I spent two days in Bahrain, attending their International eGovernment Forum, and had a chance to learn about the amazing progress this country made on it’s eGovernment program. Recently they’ve been rated at the top of the regional rankings as well as amongst the top five in the East. They have relentlessly pursued leadership in […]

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Greece and the symptoms that all of us ignored

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 18, 2010

I hope I’m not going to regret this post and I want to state very clearly that  I do sympathize with my Greek friends and colleagues as well as the whole country for the difficult future ahead of them, and wish them the fastest possible recovery. Lately I have had several conversations with people that […]

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Can one be rich, young and beautiful?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 17, 2010

Yesterday I had an interesting meeting with a municipal authority which is in the process of revamping its e-government strategy. Their objective is provide better and integrated services, to identify common building blocks, to meet the executive leadership’s appetite for visibility and success. Incidentally they said that they already had the system integrator lined up […]

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