Global IT budgets are increasing in 2013, according to Gartner that projects growth in IT spending in the government and education sectors till the end of 2017.
Findings from the newly released Gartner Executive Programs 2013 CIO Agenda survey indicate increased spending for IT services, software and data centres due to reductions in internal technology services, devices and telecom services.
Reduction in enterprise costs is rated amongst the top three business priorities for government CIOs in 2013.
CIOs recognise the need to modernise IT applications and infrastructure, and use IT to transform government agency operations.
Government executives are also keen on making targeted technology investments and bring the required organisational change necessary to reach the productivity and quality gains of organisations.
“Introducing new technology services and workforce capabilities will establish IT as a key partner in achieving business results that matter to citizens and agency employees,” said Gartner research director Rick Howard.
Restructuring services portfolio
The CIOs are focused on restructuring their services portfolio to drive innovation and improve the performance of government.
They are finding this change very different as for years they have been asked by the top management to do more with a limited budget. An increase in IT budgets will enable them to deliver and manage IT services in a more effective and efficient manner.
CIOs in government also pay more attention to reducing overall business costs as compared to focusing solely on reducing IT costs. These professionals are giving emphasis to analytics and business intelligence, and this helps them address the government's need to proactively manage programs and services.
Seventy-six percent of government CIOs surveyed said they have significant leadership responsibilities outside of IT. Only 24 percent said they have no responsibilities beyond IT.
Gartner advises CIOs to invest in a workforce that can collaborate with agency leaders and program managers to identify business priorities, as well as design and implement solutions that match those priorities.
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