Government Group


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

OfflineRuthbea Yesner Clarke
OfflineMark Yates
OfflineMeredith Whalen
OfflineSilvia Piai
OfflineAdelaide O'Brien
OfflineSash Mukherjee
OfflineShawn P. McCarthy
OfflineMassimiliano Claps

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OfflineAdelaide O'Brien
April 18, 2014

The Conundrum of Big Data: Panacea or Problem

Big Data may be an overhyped buzz word today, with recent provocative headlines about Big Data from advancing human Genome research to find specific markers for cancer or genetic diseases, to Big Data analytics raising big privacy questions, as well as the problems of our digital footprint haunting us forever. However one recent headline gave me pause, as it asked the hypothetical question of whether Big Data could have prevented the recent Fort Hood shootings.

OfflineMassimiliano Claps
April 4, 2014

Big Data ... Big Ethical Question Marks

Big data and analytics, especially when combined with the level of personalization allowed by mobile computing and wearable devices, and with the power of sensors and actuators that enable machines to react to events and make choices on behalf of individuals even if those individuals are not aware, is raising puzzling ethical questions.

OfflineShawn P. McCarthy
March 31, 2014

U.S. Gov to spend over $701 Million on Big Data This Year

Debating the definition and merits of Big Data is like listening to a group of people who just watched the same movie. Some liked it, some didn't and everyone has a different opinion on what it all means.
When we've talked to government IT managers over the past year, we've quickly discovered that, to some, the term Big Data simply means rapidly growing collections of data – both structured and unstructured. To others, the term refers to sets that already have reached a certain size. To others, a collection doesn't qualify as Big Data unless it includes streaming data and collected social media interactions.

OfflineMassimiliano Claps
March 28, 2014

Is there any substance behind the Italian government spending review

On March 19th, 2014, the UK government released the new budget proposal, which unveiled further rounds of cost cutting in many areas. The same day, maybe with a little less attention from the international press, the Italian government released a spending review report aimed at identifying potential cost optimization programs. This blog discusses the potential impacts on the Italian public sector ICT investment

OfflineAdelaide O'Brien
March 20, 2014

Government Big Data and Analytics: Some Unwarranted Risks

Federal agencies are taking some unwarranted risks in their Big Data projects. These risks include not managing Big Data strategy at the enterprise level, a lack of collaboration, communication and coordination with various parts of an agency, a lack of an information management process, and a lack of even such intuitive technologies as providing apps for accessing and analyzing data on mobile devices.

OfflineMassimiliano Claps
March 14, 2014

Picturing the future of ICT in education

Last night my colleagues and I hosted a cocktail reception for a group of U.K. IT and academic leaders from schools, colleges and universities. We contributed with a short introductory presentation about our top 10 predictions for the education sector in EMEA. But the really interesting part of the evening was the panel discussion that followed, where the executives, who we had invited to contribute to the event as advisory board members, discussed their vision, as well as practical experiences.

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