Gartner has projected that the global IT spending by government organisations will total US$449.5 billion in 2013.
Spending has decreased by 0.1 percent from last year as government agencies strive to keep their head up in a challenging economic environment and have cut expenditure on hardware, software, IT services and telecommunications.
A newly released global government IT spending priorities survey by Gartner shows that organisations in this sector will focus more on these three areas: mobile technologies, cloud computing and IT modernisation.
While areas such as data centre consolidation are on the downslide, cloud computing is increasing in popularity due to faster deployment and reduced risk.
"Other areas, such as data centre consolidation, are lower on the list than in previous years, perhaps demonstrating that they may have met resistance in a more strategic roll-out," said Christine Arcaris, research director at Gartner. "Vendors should be ready to reposition offerings according to these changing market dynamics."
Active IT services contract
Thirty to fifty percent of surveyed organisations are planning for or having an active IT services contract within the next 12 months.
These government organisations were initially focused on the implementation of software-as-a-service (SaaS) but in future they will put more emphasis on rolling out infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
Government agencies across the globe are giving more importance to mobility and this demand is greater in agencies that have more decentralised staff, large field workforce or have specialised needs.
Fifty-two percent of respondents said employees are allowed to bring their own smartphones to work and although big data is not a high priority among survey respondents, it is gaining momentum.
"Government organisations have increased big data spending for improper payment systems, indicating the desire to tackle fraud, waste and abuse within agencies, as well as target upfront errors in revenue collection," added Arcaris.
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