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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!

 

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December 2, 2016

Top 10 Predictions for 2017 Worldwide Smart Cities

Ruthbea Yesner ClarkeSmart Government

The awareness of the potential of Smart Cities has grown exponentially over the past year. States, provinces, counties, cities, and national governments realize that they can positively alter the lives of millions of urban residents with the technology and data-driven opportunities digital transformation provides. This transformation is not without challenges, as a broad ecosystems of partners must work together to implement complex initiatives, and this will affect the entire program life cycle from policies and regulation to worker training and process improvements.


It's no secret that some legacy federal IT systems have grown into digital behemoths that seem to be eating the U.S. federal information technology budget. It's also important to stress that digital transformation (DX) becomes increasingly difficult if less money if available to actually make the transformation.

Our recent analysis of civilian agency IT budgets helped highlight just how pervasive the problem has become.


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August 22, 2016

Avoid the Pitfalls of Digital Government

Massimiliano ClapsSmart Government

The European Commission (EC) and many countries in the region, are revamping their digital strategies. Local governments start to introduce bots to personalize citizen services. Enthusiasm runs high when new strategies come out and new technologies are piloted. That is until execution starts, and the underestimated organizational, technical, project, financial, and security risks start to materialize. This blogs looks at lessons learned from previous iterations of government digital strategies to inform future implementation of new plans.


Does the U.S. Federal government spend too much money for its Information technology solutions? Short answer - yes. But the reasons are complicated and not easy to fix. Compared to other industries, the mission of government is unique, which can make an apples-to-apples comparison of IT budgets a bit of a challenge.
Still, we here at IDC Government Insights wanted to know – how much does the U.S. federal government spend on IT per employee? And how does this expense ratio stack up against other industries?


Digital transformation (DX) continues to be a hot topic in government. But the transformation efforts of many gov CIOs quickly reach a fork in the road. That means a key choice must be made upfront, before fundamental transformation can get underway.

The fork is pretty basic. Should an organization stay on one path, continuing with its legacy systems? Or should IT planners take a different path and start over again — with a so-called "greenfield" initiative?

The choice may be basic, but the consequences loom large.


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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