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Gartner: 75% of Government CIO Budgets Flat or Increasing

By KC Tan - on 15 Aug 2013, 11:15am

Gartner: 75% of Government CIO Budgets Flat or Increasing

According to the Gartner Executive Programs 2013 CIO Agenda survey, nearly 75 percent of government IT budgets globally were reported as flat or increasing in 2013. This issue will be discussed during the Gartner Symposium / ITxpo in October 2013.

Speaking ahead of his presentation in the event, Gartner Research Director, Rick Howard stated, "After years of being told to "do more with less," many government CIOs report that budgets have stabilized or are increasing, placing them in a better position to deliver and manage IT services more effectively and efficiently. These CIOs are now poised to boost the business value of IT by radically restructuring their services portfolio to drive innovation and improve the performance of government.”

However, the relatively brighter IT budget outlook in government may be short-lived according to Gartner analyst. Gartner's CEO and Senior Executive Survey 2013 indicates that private-sector businesses are poised to boost investments in e-commerce, mobile, cloud, social and other major technology categories. In spite of this, Despite this, Gartner predict a compound annual growth rate of 1.3 percent for IT spending in the government and education sectors through to the end of 2017, with increased spending for IT services, software and data centers. 

2013's Top 10 Government CIO Business and Technology Priorities
Top 10 Business Priorities Top 10 Technology Priorities
Dellivering operational results Business intelligence and analytics
Improving IT applications and infrastructure Legacy modernization
Reducing enterprise costs IT management
Attracting and retaining customers Collaboration technologies
Implementing enterprise strategy Mobile devices
Attracting and retaining workforce Mobile workforce application
Increasing enterprise growth Security technologies
Improving business processes  Cloud computing
Increasing management controls Virtualization - desktop
Implementing mobility solutions Service-oriented architecture

For the third year in a row, the reduction of enterprise cost has been among the top three business priorities for government CIOs in 2013. With the focus on delivering operational results and improving IT applications and infrastructure, CIOs have affirmed the means by which IT can be used to transform government agency operations and their own bottom-line accountability to do so.

The CIO Agenda Survey also stated that 76 percent of government CIOs have significant leadership responsibilities outside of IT, with only 24 percent having no responsibilities beyond IT.

“What is certain is that many of the information, business process and project management roles that have been developed over time by IT on a default or "best fit" basis are now being embraced as competencies by business units, as a result of consumerization and the commoditization of technology. Rather than viewing these trends as a threat, astute CIOs will embrace them as a means to extend their influence and value to areas outside of traditional IT.” said Howard.

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