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Posts from Date:   2010-8

Seeking Your Help to Plan for Gartner Government Research in 2011

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 31, 2010

Like every year, we are starting the planning process for our research agendas across Gartner. For those who are not familiar with this term, research agendas contain our high-level plans for the research we are going to conduct in each technology and industry domain we cover across our firm. They are published, usually early in […]

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When E-Government Services Still Suck

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 30, 2010

Those who read my blog know that from time to time I digress from my global coverage and report personal stories that take place in my country (Italy) as they relate to the themes of my research. This is one of those posts, so anybody who is not interested in sharing my struggle as a […]

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O’Reilly, Open Government and the Ingenuity of Enthusiasm

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 27, 2010

I just read an interview that Tim O’Really gave to The Hill about government 2.0. In this interview, he reinforces his faith into “government as a platform”, praises the Federal CIO Vivek Kundra for his open government activities and – most importantly – stresses that open government and open data is not only about transparency, […]

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When Government Does Not Really Get Social Media

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 27, 2010

On July 27, the US Office of Special Counsel published a document with Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Social Media and the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act of 1939 is a US federal law preventing federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities. The FAQ looks at how to comply with the act when engaging on […]

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Two CIOs Facing Complex Challenges with a Soft and Clever Touch

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 24, 2010

During my stay in Finland I had a number of interesting meetings, two of which with CIOs having responsibility respectively at the national and local government level. In one case, the CIO is overseeing a significant consolidation and centralization program that will rationalize computing assets and applications from several different agencies . While a shared […]

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A short-lived sparkle of light in government social media use

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 19, 2010

This morning I met a group of people from a ministry in Helsinki, Finland, and I run through some of my material on government 2.0. As I faced the topic of overlapping personal and professional identities, and how employees can leverage personal use of social media for their employer’s benefits (Gartner clients can read Government […]

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To Be or Not To Be (Transparent): This Is The Question

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 17, 2010

Last week the White House announced the Leading Practices Award for Federal Agencies that did best on their Open Government Plans, according to the leading practices criteria, which were suggested earlier by the White House to improve plans. I won’t comment about whether the updated open government score card is either sufficiently accurate or meaningful, […]

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How To Use IT To Help Development, and Have Fun

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 15, 2010

As I was invited to attend a round table jointly organized by the World Bank with the Moldovan government about their e-transformation program (I sit pro-bono on an expert panel for the program), I had the pleasure to visit the Cricova winery with other delegates. This is an extraordinary place. You get into a proper […]

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About Radical Approaches to Cost Reduction in Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 11, 2010

Today Gartner published a press release about a research note I wrote a few weeks ago: “From Modernization to Survival: Radical Cost Reduction in Government“(full note available here for Gartner clients). The note looks at four areas for possible cost reduction, and identifies various initiatives in each of those areas: Sourcing and Procurement Use public […]

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The Value of Transparency Is At The Boundary between Government and Society

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 9, 2010

My last post about the summer reading of “Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency and Collaboration in Practice” is inspired by two different articles. The first one is “My Data Can’t Tell You That” by Bill Allison. His article highlights a characteristic of open government that I have been writing about. “In this brave new era of […]

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