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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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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.

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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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Data as a Strategic Asset for European Governments

By Massimiliano Claps

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.

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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…

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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.

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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."

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    Jason Bremner says:
    Having a IT plan that aligns to the strategy of the government is an important success factor based on digital transformation initiatives by Canadian governments. The City of Mississauga, Ontario adopted a Smart City Framework, which led to a Connected City initiative and a significant investment in IoT technologies and services. And the Province…
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    Federal CIO says 'digitization of everything' will help enhance cybers
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