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Shifting priorities in U.S. federal information technology spending can best be understood by holding a lens up to two recent trends.
1.Total federal cloud spending for Fiscal Year 2017 is expected to decrease by 17.2% (vs. FY 2016). That’s a substantial drop, from $2.6 billion to $2.2 billion.
- Besides classic cloud spending, this year, federal agencies will spend $4.1 billion on cloud-like solutions, which are best described as falling into a provisioned/shared services/other category. This too is down a bit, from $4.6 billion last year.
- This mix of formal cloud spending and quasi-cloud spending is why you sometimes see total cloud spending listed as somewhere in the mid $6 billion range.
2.Total Federal IT security spending for FY 2017 is expected to increase 7.9%, from just under $3.5 billion to a little over $3.7 billion.

While the Trump administration has emphasized that it will focus on various types of cost cutting for the next few years, the decrease in cloud spending actually has its genesis in the formulation of the FY 2017 budget, which took place before the 2016 election.

Basically, cloud plans are hitting the doldrums this year, after several years of steady growth. But security spending has ramped up in response to rapidly expanding networks (thanks to the Internet of Things) and multiple international hacking attempts.


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The UK government published a Transformation Strategy, which launches the next stage of government digital transformation, building upon the progress of the 2012 Digital Strategy. It aims to respond to citizens’ expectations for more convenient and responsive services, and increase value for money of government investments, by leveraging on the tidal wave of digital innovation that is transforming the economy.


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There's one fundamental thing to keep in mind when it comes to border protection. Knowing and tracking an intruder's direction of travel can be much more important than building a physical barrier. Human beings are very creative when it comes to getting around things that block their progress, so once a border is breached, actual enforcement happens after the crossing.

A couple of years ago I had a chance to meet a group of border patrol agents from Texas. They were in Washington D.C. to participate in a conference focused on police and national security issues.

We talked about ways to close the holes in the U.S. Mexican border and the subject of walls came up. One of the officers rolled his eyes. I don't remember his exact words but he stressed that walls are great for urban areas, but they have minimal impact in rural areas where the nearest border patrol agent might be located miles away.


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Smart Cities Transportation Research for 2017

By Mark Zannoni

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There are numerous issues that national security and public safety officials face, and many of these will result in long-term impacts. This report looks specifically at the challenges that these professionals will face over the next few years.


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Governments are confronted with a complex context driving them to come up with new policies, service delivery models, and operational excellence practices. Digital transformation will be the force underpinning the ability to seize the opportunities and manage the risks in this environment. The IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Government 2017 Predictions document predicts the top 10 trends that will impact government departments and agencies worldwide that are engaged in a digital transformation journey aimed at:

- Improving the citizen experience
- Harnessing the power of data
- Leveraging the power of 3rd Platform technologies to enable agile innovation and sustainable scalability of secure systems


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Top 10 Predictions for 2017 Worldwide Smart Cities

By Ruthbea Yesner Clarke

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.


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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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Avoid the Pitfalls of Digital Government

By Massimiliano Claps

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.


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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?


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    Lcanne says:
    Having lived on the border, there is no way a wall can be built that will do anything to prevent crossing the border
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