His determination to put chief information officers in every ministry and co-ordinate their work through a government CIOs' forum is welcome.
His realisation that the head of e-government's role must extend beyond Whitehall to encompass local government and the NHS is equally important.
Watmore may tread on a few toes as he seeks to develop a unified IT strategy across the public sector but, with goodwill and, where necessary, some tough talking, we could see real progress.
He will have to rely on his diplomatic skills - he lacks direct power, but the implementation of the Gershon Review, which proposes year-on-year cuts in Whitehall running costs, will give him some clout. He'll need it. We wish him luck.
This was first published in September 2004