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Government CIOs to increase technology spending in 2018

IN 2018, cloud solutions, cybersecurity, and analytics will be key technologies targeted for new and additional spending by public sector CIOs in 2018, according to a survey from Gartner, Inc.

However, data center infrastructure will be the most commonly targeted for costs savings, says Gartner.

Gartner’s 2018 CIO Agenda Survey gathered data from 3,160 CIO respondents in 98 countries and across major industries, including 461 government CIOs.

In the survey, 16 percent of government CIOs said they plan to increase spending on business intelligence and analytics (16 percent) and data management (six percent) in 2018.

The top ranked business priority among government CIOs overall was digital transformation.

“Digital transformation revolves around data. To be successful, public sector CIOs need to focus on expanding their data and analytics capabilities and creating a data-centric culture, by increasing the availability of open data and APIs for internal use and public consumption,” said Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner.

“Building out data analytics infrastructure is fundamental to improving government program outcomes and services to citizens,” Howard added.

The next three business priorities for government were revealed to be security, safety, and risk (13 percent); governance, compliance, and regulations (12 percent); and technology initiatives and improvements (11 percent).

In response to the question “Which technology investment is most crucial to achieving your organization’s mission?” Cloud and BI/analytics were mentioned by 19 percent and 18 percent of government CIOs respectively, followed by infrastructure/data centre at 11 percent

“Government CIOs have conflicting priorities — to bring transformative change to their organizations, while pursuing compliance-oriented priorities,” said Mr. Howard. “They will need to work constructively with other business leaders to agree how to balance risk and innovation to support digital transformation.”