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November 3, 2016

Government IT spending to be driven by cloud and storage – Dell EMC report

Mobility and converged infrastructure are key attributes of a future-ready organisation.

By James Nunns

Government agencies are gearing up for digital transformation efforts that will see the majority turning to the cloud.

According to Dell EMC’s State of IT Trends 2016 federal extension, 91% of respondents have recognised cloud as an important technology trend to their agencies, respondents also said that cloud would be their biggest spending priority in 2016.

The report found that cloud services (68%) and data storage (64%) would be the biggest priorities for IT spending in 2016, while cloud (52%) and big data (44%) were highlighted as the top trends that agencies would be making an initial investment in over the next year.

While cloud and big data will be key priorities for many government agencies the areas of mobility and converged infrastructure were highlighted by 93% of respondents as being the most important attributes of a future-ready organisation.

Steve Harris, VP and GM, Dell EMC Federal, thinks cloud will help revolutionise how government does business.

Steve Harris, VP and GM, Dell EMC Federal, thinks cloud will help revolutionise how government does business.

With this in mind, the vast majority (97%) said that their organisation has a strategic IT plan in place in the hope that it will increase productivity (85%) and lower IT costs (65%).

Steve Harris, VP and GM, Dell EMC Federal, said: “Federal agencies largely appreciate the value of digital transformation, considering cloud, mobility and big data important to their organizations.

“These technologies are positioned to revolutionize how government does business and interacts with its constituents. Digital transformation also demands agencies modernize their IT systems. With IT plans defined by incremental steps toward modernization and flexible software-based solutions, agencies are equipped to support tomorrow’s technology innovation and meet today’s mission goals.”

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The research was carried out by PSB among 100 federal government IT decision-makers and business decision-makers. It forms part of a wider State of IT Trends 2016 study, in which 1,200 online interviews were carried out.

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