Gartner reveals top strategic technologies for government in 2016

According the market intelligence firm, government spending on technology from across the globe is forecasted to grow by 0.3% to reach $430.1b in 2016.

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Gartner reveals top strategic technologies for government in 2016 Predictions from Gartner expect government spending on technology from across the globe will expand by 0.3% to reach $430.1b over 2016, continuing to reach $476.1b by 2020.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  July 10, 2016

Global market intelligence firm Gartner recently unveiled findings that points to increased spending by global governments towards technology.

According to Gartner, government spending on technology from across the globe is expected to expand by 0.3% to reach $430.1b in 2016, continuing to reach $476.1b by 2020.

Government entities who rely on legacy technology and maintain a ‘business as usual' attitude will likely become limited when collaborating within the partner ecosystem towards realising digital services for citizens.

Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner, said: "In the digital service economy, government must make strategic investments in IT or risk perpetuating suboptimal business and service models that are financially unsustainable in the long term."

"Government CIOs who are too slow to adopt the technology innovations that are transforming private sector service industries will increase business risk and cost, while compromising the mission of their organisations."

As part of its recent findings, Gartner also unveiled a number of strategic technologies that will likely gain traction with government entities over 2016.

This includes the adoption of a digital workplace, multichannel citizen engagement, open data, citizen e-ID, analytics, smart machines and IoT. Digital government platforms, software-defined architecture and risk-based security will also see wider utilisation.

"Many of these technology trends change business models in ways that need to be reflected in more modern policies, especially those related to privacy or regulation," explained Howard.

"CIOs will need to be front and centre in providing advice to policymaking bodies and working with industry experts who can consult on options and impacts."

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