Seminar Series

Date: March 26, 2010

Speaker: Macedonio Alanis, ITESM, Monterrey
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico

Topic: e-government: same technology, different rules, higher stakes

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The largest and most important IT market in the world is in the public sector. The use of IT in Government can touch the lives of millions of people and benefit, or limit, the development of other sectors and even entire nations. However, the rules for IT in Government are not exactly the same as in the private sector. Projects are not necessarily justified in terms of income, and the equation for defining a good project changes depending on the distance to an election or the career plans of the people in charge. To complicate things, no other sector gets more scrutiny from the media, political opponents, and common citizens; so mistakes get magnified while achievements are minimized. In spite of all that, many companies and specialists trying to venture into e-government do so thinking that the public sector is no different than IT in private industry.

Understanding this sector is crucial for the IT industry, for academia, and for governments all over the world. An awareness of the differences can help nations take advantage of opportunities that the technology brings, create new services and improve on existing ones, benefiting not only the public sector but private industry as well.

The talk is aimed at different audiences: For people in government, this talk can help understand everyday practices that may not make sense in other fields. For people in IT companies, the seminar can bring a better domain of one of their most important markets. For the common citizen versed in IT, the talk can bring about a vision of how their particular field of expertise can be used to help their communities.


Dr. Macedonio Alanis is professor of the department of Management Information Systems at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico. He performs research and teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses, some of which are attended, via satellite, by nearly 1200 students in nine Latin American countries. Dr. Alanis also consults with public and private institution on IT strategy.

In the private sector, Dr. Alanis has been responsible for the definition of business development strategies for Neoris, an IT company of the multinational CEMEX, and for the creation of Global Software Factory, a co-investment between CEMEX and World Software Services, that worked on projects in Mexico, Europe, US and South America.

In the public sector, as CIO for the Government of the State of Nuevo Leon, Dr. Alanis participated in successful and innovative projects, leading to hold the seat of president of CIAPEM, the national committee for informatics in states and municipalities of Mexico, comprising CIOs of all states and municipalities of Mexico. He has also been member of the IT consulting committee for INEGI, responsible, in part, for the definition of Mexico's national IT policies.

Dr. Alanis has received the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, was named a Remarque Fellow by the University of New York and received the teaching and research award given by the ITESM. In 2003 he was elected to occupy one of the two chairs reserved for IT researchers from the Americas on the board of the Association for Information Systems (AIS).

Dr. Alanis has a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration on Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Alanis holds a Master of Sciences in Computer Science (ScM) from Brown University, and a BSc in Computer Science from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico. He also studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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