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Posted on Behalf Of: Adam Ajzensztejn, Senior Research Analyst, IDC Energy Insights, EMEA
The 18th annual CleanTech international summit and exhibition for Water Technologies, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Recycling, Green Transportation and Green Building, was held near Tel Aviv, Israel earlier this week. Second only to the US in its concentration of startups per capita, Israeli startups have often focused on the cleantech sector, driven by the country’s (up until recent) absence of natural resources and its turbulent geopolitical situation, both of which have led the country to pursue aspects of self-sufficiency.

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A postcard from Dubai

By Massimiliano Claps

I had the pleasure to moderate the IDC Middle-East CIO Summit's public sector track in Dubai this week. I found a region buzzing with ideas and initiatives that actually have a budget allocated to support them. This blog weighs some of the differences with more mature government jurisdictions.

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Catching Bad Actors with Big Data

By Adelaide OBrien

As you watched the news or read the headlines about the capture of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was apprehended in Mazatlán, Sinaloa last Saturday, alleged to have contributed to the death and destruction of millions through drug addiction, violence, and corruption, your first thoughts may not have been "that's the result of our government investing in Big Data technologies." Had you made this connection, you would be right according to a recent article in

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Over the past few years, mobile hardware and associated mobile solutions have been some of the fastest growing areas within government computing. There are strong indications that this growth will continue, but not at the rate we experienced between 2012 and 2013.

This week, IDC Government Insights issued a new forecast for government mobile devices, services and software. The 13-page report examines the current drivers of mobility spending across various levels of the U.S. government, including details about the major initiatives that are helping define mobility preferences for government, and how those preferences influence where money is targeted.
Here are some highlights from the report.

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Government departments are, among other things, rationalizing software architectures to reduce costs. They should be aware that IT cost savings can be outweighed by business capability rigidities.

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Government IT Procurement Reform

By Adelaide OBrien

The discussion about Government IT procurement reform has heated up. Several legislative proposals are grabbing headlines for recommended government structural changes. While these recommended changes may prevent future high profile IT projects from going amiss, basic block and tackling within agencies to manage their IT investment portfolio is required. That, coupled with innovation, supported by a culture of acceptable risks, may provide the best return on government IT investment.

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The 2013 IDC European Industry Solutions and Insights survey that included 280 government agencies clearly indicated that the adoption of the Internet of Things is in very early stages. But to understand the future buying, implementation and usage patterns one ought to look behind the curtain of the survey data.

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