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Government IT spending expected to increase

August 19, 2013

According to Gartner's Executive Pr?ograms 2013 CIO Agenda survey, 75 percent of government IT leaders anticipate flat or increasing budgets this year, despite a push to lower the cost of IT services. CIO reported that these changes are opposed by the private sector, where IT adoption is slowing.

"After years of being told to 'do more with less,' many government CIOs report that budgets have stabilised or are increasing, placing them in a better position to deliver and manage IT services more effectively and efficiently," Rick Howard, research director at Gartner, said regarding the study.

This increased IT budget outlook can be attributed to many factors, from increased need for innovative new technologies to growing demand for open data support. Additionally, many state, county and town governments are investing in high-quality meeting management software and related solutions to enhance their operations, not just the federal government.

Despite this projected growth, Gartner predicts a mild 1.3 percent CAGR for overall government and education IT spending through 2017, focused on IT services, software and data centers. These investments will boost transparency and open government efforts in particular, which are a top concern for many councils large and small.