Today's Think G-Cloud conference in London provides a timely reminder of why the new direction of digital government is so essential to prevent further monstrosities like the NHS's grand IT nightmare.
Europe is following the US lead on open data in a digital government age with the European Parliament implementing new rules designed to ensure that non-personal information hoarded by governments can be accessed cheaply and used to make new applications.
It's clearly a week for dusting down those old digital nation strategies and giving them a lick of paint. Australia's national government - with an eye to forthcoming elections - has beefed up its own policies. But to what effect?
An Information Economy for the UK? Yes please Prime Minister - but what is there that is actually new in the lastest strategy document to emerge from Britain's digitally-friendly government?
The BBC's Digital Media Initiative (DMI) may have been officially killed off, but it's proving to be the digital transformation project that won't lie down dead.
The Chinese government is supporting investment in cloud and mobile infrastructure to overcome the country's bandwidth and capacity constraints. Smart cities and other civil projects are bidding for funds but grassroots usage may drive future adoption.
Digital government needs to shake off the sham consultations exercises with citizens and use wikis and Twitter to create genuine engagement with the electorate.
The G-Cloud programme has fallen under the remit of the Government Digital Service - just as we exclusively predicted it would last week. Where to now for the national cloud programme?
The Australian Government is the latest national legislature to produce its own cloud computing strategy closely linked to digital economy ambitions. But how far will forthcoming elections in the country either validate or disrupt current thinking.
The US government's celebrating the first birthday of its Digital Strategy, while the UK government's crediting its Digital by Default policy for saving £0.5 billion so far. Digital success stories from both sides of the Atlantic?
The move by Oracle and Salesforce to create cloud data centers specifically targeted at UK G-Cloud contracts signals how government cloud initiatives around the world will evolve.
A new Major Projects Authority report has flagged up G-Cloud as having Amber/Red status - potential for trouble ahead in other words. Does some rethinking need to be done?
Central government in the US and the UK is wielding its open data stick, but how does this translate to local and regional level? San Francisco is setting an interesting pace for others to follow.