GovTech Trends: Insights for GovCon Executives [July 2015]

As government IT continues to evolve and adjust, keeping up with the latest news is essential for organizations that are focused on government contracting in the IT industry.

From government contracting proposals to understanding the importance of cybersecurity, remaining knowledgeable for both your organization and your customer could possibly get you closer to winning your next government IT contract. Here’s the latest on government IT news:

Digital Workplace Leads Gartner List of Top 10 GovTech Trends
According to a recent study by Gartner, Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, spending by national, federal and local governments worldwide on technology is expected to increase from $431 billion to $475.5 billion by 2019.

As government technology trends progress in 2015, CIOs and IT leaders are closely monitoring these trends to identify opportunities for growth and organizational success. The latest top 10 trends focus on:

• Digital workplace
• Multichannel citizen engagement
• Open any data
• Citizen e-ID
• Edge analytics
• Scalable interoperability
• Digital government platforms
• Internet of Things
• Web-scale IT
• Hybrid cloud (and IT)

Gartner’s study elaborates.

Government IT Spending Forecast Reveals Both Clouds and Sunshine
Deltek’s Federal Information Technology Market report finds that federal agencies are working to improve their IT management and asset performance by rapidly changing and evolving technologies.

The report reflects spending priorities over the next five years. Results show that the federal IT market will have a slight decline from fiscal year 2015 of $97.9 billion to $94.4 billion fiscal year 2020. Federal information technology market will contract slightly over the next few years as agencies look to sustain. However, this could leave room for growth opportunities in cybersecurity, big data, cloud and infrastructure modernization.

CIOs Could Soon Play a Bigger Role in Government IT
In an effort to give CIOs more authority, CIO magazine reports that government officials are working on guidance for both the public and private sectors to help agencies implement the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA awards CIOs bigger IT governance in decisions, planning, programming, budgeting, execution and more.

The benefits of CIOs having more responsibility are:

• It establishes a groundwork for productive partnerships among CIOs to make decisions that best support the missions.

• It positions CIOs so they can be held accountable for how effectively they manage the full lifecycle of IT-related products, services and customer and citizens’ outcomes.

Richard Spires, former CIO of the Department of Homeland Security, says, “The agency CIO needs to have the leadership, management and political experience to drive this change, as well as a deep understanding of IT management.”

To read more on each update:

Gartner’s Top 10 Government Tech Trends in 2015
Deltek’s Federal Information Technology Market Report
New CIO Authorities Only First Step Toward Better Federal IT