IDC Government Insights has released its predictions for the future of government technology in 2015.
“IDC believes that several external drivers — political, economic, social, environmental, legal, and business related — are reaching crucial tipping points and have the potential to dramatically alter the ecosystem of multiple industries globally, including governments in 2015 and beyond,” said Shawn McCarthy, Research Director with IDC Government Insights.
The top ten predictions include:
1. Competing to build innovative and sustainable Smart Cities, local government will drive more than 25% of government spending to deploy and realize the business value of Internet of Things (IoT) by 2018.
2. To optimize decision making, 50% of big data and analytics (BDA) investment will focus on citizen service, public health, Smart Cities, and reducing fraud, waste, and abuse by 2020.
3. By 2020, more than 50% of government agencies with direct citizen engagement missions will direct at least 25% of their programmatic budget to 3rd Platform technologies and IoT.
4. Natural hazards will, by 2018, drive 20% of governments involved in emergency response to invest in predictive IT solutions to prevent, manage, and mitigate damage and loss.
5. Crime, terrorism, and cyber threats will compel national governments to allocate 15% of IT and programmatic budgets to institutionalized BDA and threat intelligence by 2017.
6. Only 5% of governments recognize the emergence of data as a strategic asset – current standardization of organizational compliance risk management is alarmingly lacking.
7. Facilitated by cloud and the cognitive applications of big data, 50% of governments globally will invest in collaborative systems for collective knowledge initiatives by 2017.
8. By 2020, 40% of government employees will use multiple form factors on a daily basis, including but not limited to smartphones, tablets, notebooks/hybrid devices, and wearables.
9. By 2018, cross-governmental initiatives will be further streamlined and optimized by 25% growth in collaborative sourcing for government clouds.
10. In 2020, about 10% of physical asset-intensive government departments will invest in predictive maintenance enabled by the intersection of big data, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, and cloud.
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