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About this Government Industry Focused Group

Our IDC Government Insights community has been created to enable you to engage with our global government industry analysts, share your knowledge and best practices, and connect with your colleagues.

  • Participate in the government discussions in our Blogs or Forums
  • Learn about and share best practices, tips, tricks and tools related to business/technology alignment
  • Network with your colleagues within your industry
  • Provide feedback to IDC's industry analysts and your peers

We welcome your participation!


Analysts blogging about government

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The adage in government IT since the first computer has been “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and this is especially true for the U.S. Federal government. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report that looked at Federal government IT spending, noting that in fiscal year 2015 approximately 75% of the Federal IT budget was spent on operations and maintenance, up from approximately 55% of the Federal IT budget in 2010. But there is significant pressure on government IT managers not to update these systems. So what will push government to change? Two things, security and demand.

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April 29, 2016

Data as a Strategic Asset for European Governments

Massimiliano ClapsSmart Government

The U.K. government is at the forefront of the evolution Western European governments are going through to leverage the strategic value of data. Government data was traditionally locked into vertically integrated application silos, which made it difficult to access them, share them, and aggregate disparate data sets to identify correlation. Over the past 10 years, Western European governments have taken a first step toward liberating data from those vertical silos through open data initiatives. But it is more recently with the increasing maturity of technologies and skills for Big Data and analytics that government executives have started to understand the true value of data as a strategic asset. That realization is leading governments to deploy information management architectures and governance processes to manage the end-to-end life cycle of data, from collection to management, improvement, and usage and monetization.

IDC Government Insights, in conjunction with FedScoop, is excited to launch the Federal IT Rankings! The Call for Entries has now opened and we would like to welcome nominations of government institutions for the 2016 Federal IT Rankings. Read on for more information…

Despite articles proclaiming smart cities as focused on big cities or mega cities, or vendor-driven top-down agendas, the "smart city" should be a term that is up to the city to define. The concept encompasses some broad common elements - sustainable economic development, data-driven decision-making, innovative thinking and using emerging technologies - but to me, the concept is an ideal and open to adoption by all level of government organizations - cities, towns, counties, provinces and states. The state of Illinois is a recent example of how these concepts can apply beyond the city.

Budget numbers aren't always what they seem, and the proposed U.S. federal Fiscal Year 2017 IT Budget really isn't as bleak as it looks. But we need to dig a little deeper to fully understand the numbers and the potential growth.

First, let's get the (seemingly) bad news out of the way. On paper, it appears that the proposed information technology budget for FY 2017 will increase to $89.8 billion, a 1.3% increase over the 2016 request. That's not a terrible level of growth, but it's a far cry from a few years ago when federal IT budgets tended to go up 4% to 6% each year.
What's more important is where that money is slated to go. Finding that information is more challenging than it should be, and it's why we spend a great deal of time "following the money."

Here's a peek into the conversations that we (Max Claps, Associate VP, Public Sector EMEA and Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, Research Director, global Smart Cities Strategies) often engage in via email or Skype around pressing issues in the public sector. In this blog, we decided to publish our latest dialogue about Smart Mobility and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

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