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Governments investing in third platform

IDC study shows third platform, especially mobility, on government IT agendas

Governments investing in third platform
Government organisations are looking to spend on third platform technologies.

Government organisations are looking to invest in ‘third platform' technologies, particularly enterprise mobility, according to a survey by IDC.

The analyst company's Middle East and Africa Government CIO Survey 2014 showed that over one-third of MEA government sector respondents have plans to initiate investments in various 'Third Platform' technologies such as enterprise mobility, Big Data and analytics, and private cloud computing over the next two years.

Government organisations are facing increasing end-user expectations and service delivery requirements, which are driving the need for greater investment.

"MEA government IT departments are increasingly being asked not only to ‘do more with less' but also to ‘do new with less'," said Mukesh Chulani, regional program manager for IDC Government Insights. "This raft of increasingly complex new demands includes expanding the roster and reach of various services, ensuring operations are well governed, and minimising the risks arising from the intensifying security threat landscape. Consequently, many IT decision makers are keen to evaluate new engagement and business models."

"Nearly two-thirds of MEA government IT decision makers expect to see an increase in the ratio of their organisation's mobile workforce," Chulani added. "Beyond driving investments in mobile devices, connectivity, and various software solutions, we also expect this trend to result in greater emphasis on developing wider enterprise mobility strategies and support policies for the increasingly popular bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon."

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