The Top 10 IT predictions for 2013 for Government

Infotech Lead America: IDC has shared its top 10 IT predictions for Government.

IDC said infrastructure consolidation will hit its peak as governments accelerate cloud adoption by over 50 percent above 2012 levels, accounting for more than 7 percent of all government IT spending

“Operational efficiency and mission effectiveness are the key drivers for IT value in government in 2013,” said Thom Rubel, vice president, IDC Government Insights. “Government organizations are rapidly adopting 3rd platform technologies – big data/analytics, cloud, social business and mobility in tactical ways that will quickly transcend to broader ‘Smart’ strategies. In addition, the coming year will present significant changes in government/commercial partnerships to achieve mutual goals.”

Prediction 1 – Infrastructure consolidation will hit its peak as governments accelerate cloud adoption by over 50 percent above 2012 levels, accounting for more than 7 percent of all government IT spending.

Prediction 2 – Tactical deployments of Big Data solutions will grow by over 30 percent CAGR and will accelerate broader pervasive analytics deployment, laying the foundation for Smart Government.

Prediction 3 – Agencies/organizations/offices will rapidly begin to rationalize and establish baseline costs for IT assets and identify endpoint device choices – PCs, tablets, and smart phones – for “best use.”

Prediction 4 – Mobile devices and apps, smart sensors, cloud computing solutions, and citizen-facing portals will create a 48 percent increase in digital information, creating new records management access and retrieval issues.

Prediction 5 – Cloud sharing/collaboration among governments (federal, state, and local) and shared services will account for 18 percent of the government cloud market and create new business models for IT procurement and provisioning.

Prediction 6 – Though they continue to lag behind other industries in investing in social business software, 35 percent of government organizations will initiate social analytics tools evaluation and/or implementation.

Prediction 7 – All levels of government will accelerate mobile applications development. In 2013, 35 percent of new federal and state applications will be mobile and 45 percent of new local applications will be mobile.

Prediction 8 – Over 40 percent of U.S. local governments will be in the research and evaluation stage for Smart City pilots/projects and 50 percent of these will begin some level of implementation in 2013.

Prediction 9 – Government organizations that promote open data will foster 25 percent more private commercial activity in apps and services that will facilitate improved outcomes across a range of government goals.

Prediction 10 – Public/private partnerships will be redefined based on mutual mission goals and outcomes that create mutual government/commercial partnership and research benefits.

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