Smart Government CommunityA Call for Change: Moderate Federal IT Spending Growth Masks the Ongoing Burden of Legacy Systems<div><p>The full civilian agency IT spending forecast can be found <a href=""><strong>here</strong></a>.</p><p>Five years ago, new systems development was closer to 34% of a typical annual IT budget. So, it’s clear the cost of maintaining older systems is becoming more of a burden for federal agencies. That issue is top-of-mind for many federal CIOs.</p><p>The legacy systems conundrum  is one of the…</p></div>Shawn P. McCarthyMon, 11 Jun 2018 18:44:19 -0400 do federal agencies look for in a cloud computing platform?<div><p>Cloud is a way to support many agency objectives. It can more cost effectively and securely extend datacenter capabilities such as computing and storage without building government-owned and government-operated datacenters. This helps stretch resources and makes support and maintenance less onerous for IT. In addition to reducing mission costs,…</p></div>Adelaide OBrienWed, 09 May 2018 10:54:52 -0400 Spending Will Rise for Both Big Data and Mobile Solutions<div><p>I recently released two forecast documents, titled <a href="">U.S. Government Big Data and Analytics Forecast, 2017–2021</a> and <a href="">U.S. Government Mobility Forecast, 2017–2021</a>. Both Federal and state and local spending is tracked. Both of these documents show significant growth for the IT services portion of those markets. We also anticipate moderate growth for…</p></div>Shawn P. McCarthyFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:34:26 -0500 Data Centers: IDC Forecast Shows Spending Growth Slowing, Not Reversing<div><p><strong>Where the Money Goes</strong></p> <p>IDC believes that <strong><a href="">data center spending</a></strong> in the U.S. Federal government will experience slow growth between now and 2020. We do not expect to see broader, multi-agency cost reductions until after that timeframe. The total amount spent is expected to grow from $5.5 billion in FY15 to $5.8 billion in FY 2020. (Note: The numbers…</p></div>Shawn P. McCarthyTue, 17 Oct 2017 11:14:20 -0400 50 Government IT Vendors List Announced by IDC Government Insights<div><p>These <u><a href="">Top 50 rankings </a></u>reinforce the benchmarks laid down last year in the inaugural version of this effort. For over 50 years, IDC has collected and analyzed IT industry data. This annual effort focuses on the Top 50 IT vendors who mainly serve the government market. But we also create an "Enterprise Top 25" list - which ranks the largest IT…</p></div>Shawn P. McCarthyThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:56:39 -0400 IT Budget: Growing, But Not Focused on DCOI Compliance<div><p>We will go into significant detail on these issues during our upcoming Webcast, titled <strong><a href=""><u>T</u><u>he </u><u>State of Federal IT Spending: Looming Challenges for Fiscal Year 2018 </u></a></strong>on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m. EST. Hope you can join us.</p> <p>Here’s a little preview.</p> <p>Before exploring what impact these new spending patterns may have, let’s take a moment to look at…</p></div>Shawn P. McCarthyWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:58:33 -0400 Role of Governments in Countries' Digital Transformation<div><p>Government leaders worldwide recognize the value of information  technologies for social and economic development. In the late 1990s, the  advent of the internet drove them to step up support for technology  investment both in the public and private sectors. The goals were to  increase overall access to technology for individual and enterprises,  …</p></div>Massimiliano ClapsWed, 21 Jun 2017 04:17:31 -0400 Cloud Spending Trickles Temporarily Downward, While Security Spending Grows<div><p><strong>The Ups and downs of Cloud</strong></p> <p>For cloud spending, a decline of this magnitude was unexpected, especially given the multiyear double-digit growth trajectory we’ve seen for federal cloud investments. But the good news is that FY17 appears to be an anomaly. The long-term potential for federal cloud growth remains solid, and we very much expect to see…</p></div>Shawn P. McCarthyWed, 26 Apr 2017 16:12:06 -0400 UK Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020: What the Future Holds<div><p>The UK Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020 vision is to: "<em>transform the relationship between citizens and the state - putting more power in the hands of citizens and being more responsive to their needs.</em>"</p> <p>There are three main factors that drove the government to design this transformation strategy:</p> <ul> <li>The disconnect between <strong>citizen…</strong></li></ul></div>Massimiliano ClapsThu, 16 Feb 2017 10:27:21 -0500 Most Effective Border Wall is Electronic, Not Concrete or Steel<div><p>The same can be said for sensors – if those sensors are located only along the border itself.</p> <p><strong>Spread too Thin</strong></p> <p>Once someone manages to illegally cross a border, including a border wall, the agent said, they can run in any direction. When a border patrol officer arrives in the area where a sensor has been tripped, he or she has to figure out which…</p></div>Shawn P. McCarthyThu, 26 Jan 2017 15:58:56 -0500