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Vertical Market: Tech Trends Shaping the Government's Future

25 Apr, 2014

Jane Snowdon, Director/Chief Innovation Officer, IBM US federal reports on trends shaping the vertical of government and the public cloud sector. Her input states that:

Leaders from both the federal government and private sector came together recently to discuss open source initiatives and standards for cloud computing as part of the Public Sector Cloud Summit hosted by the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC). It’s a pivotal time for technology companies and the clients we serve in the federal government as cloud computing changes the technology landscape.

Even with tightening budgets, worldwide spending on information technology (IT) exceeded around $2.1 trillion in 2013, driven by doubling growth in mobile, cloud, Big Data and social technologies, according to IDC. By 2020, this figure is expected to more than double to $5 trillion. In the federal government, IDC says that federal cloud services spending alone will reach $1.7 billion in FY2014. The transformation from outdated, legacy systems to cloud-based platforms is not only inevitable, but needed now to keep pace with an increasingly interactive, on-demand world driven by a technology dependent, expanding global network.

Some might say, we’ve got enough technology, why such massive increases in spending? Well, the answer is pretty simple if you take a look at the convergence of some key trends. These trends will impact the way the companies – and eventually governments – deliver millions of systems, software and services to billions of users.

As part of IBM’s Global Technology Outlook, led by IBM’s Research labs, we see major trends shaping the agenda for the next several years, and the top two are:

1. Mobile Devices: Individual enterprises and entire industries will migrate and connect their information technology infrastructures to support mobile computing. Mobile enables flexibility in services and expands the reach, which will bring communication and productivity to a whole new level.

2. Cloud Computing: Moving to a software-defined environment that is open, highly configurable and programmable will be essential for organizations to gain more agility and efficiency.

Courtesy of Federal Times

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