IDC reveals public sector insights for 2013

Big Data, cloud and new platforms high on government agendas



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11 December 2012 | 0

Systematic change is necessary in government environments, according to IDC Government Insights, due to the volatile context in which they operate.

"Incremental, step-by-step improvements to government effectiveness will be often the only ones affordable in the short-term," said Mark Yates, research analyst, IDC Government Insights, EMEA. "Agility in architectural design, management and sourcing is the only way forward for smart governments that want to make information technology a key enabler and trigger of long-term sustainable service delivery."

These were findings from the annual report by the Government Insights group, presented at a web conference. The group made ten predictions for public sector IT, which see Big Data, cloud computing and new platforms emerging as major areas of focus.

IDC Government Insights’ Top 10 Predictions for the EMEA public sector for 2013 and beyond are:
1. Governments will begin to adopt third-generation platforms that combine cloud, Big Data, mobile, and social business to create higher public value

2. Cloud computing will be deployed as private or public cloud; hybrid clouds will be less than 20% of projects

3. The pervasiveness of third platform technologies will drive increased demand for federated identity and access management initiatives, rather than centralised national ID programs

4. At least 30% of government Big Data initiatives will fail to deliver adequate return on investment due to narrowly focus technical implementation

5. The highest value for money of Big Data and analytics will be in cross-department initiatives, but domain-focused projects in criminal justice, tax, and welfare will still represent more than 70% of deployments

6. Tight scrutiny on government costs will limit government IT investment in net new solutions, or full replacement of existing systems to less than 25% of ICT budget

7. Strategic sourcing will become more popular as a means to reduce costs and time to market, but it will still represent less than 20% of ICT spending in 2013

8. At least 70% of shared services built on the premise that they can attract users outside of their core constituency will not achieve their objective

9. At least 60% of funding for smart cities projects will be focused on smart energy and intelligent transportation

10. At least 70% of smart cities programs that will succeed between 2013 and 2015 will be governed by joint ventures that include city leaders as key stewards


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