Government Cloud Consolidation Tops IT Predictions for 2013: IDC Report

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Government cloud consolidation has topped the list of leading predictions for government IT in 2013, according to a new report by market research firm IDC Government Insights.

The US government will boost its cloud adoption rate by 50 percent in 2013 over 2012 levels, resulting in a projected 7 percent increase in IT investments.

As part of its Cloud First plan, the US government pledged to spend $19 billion of the US $70 billion IT budget on cloud computing technologies.

The IDC report predicted that cloud computing will account for 27 percent of all new IT investments, which is a huge opportunity for cloud computing providers to market their services to the government.

The report arrives the same week the General Services Administration announced it is shutting down the government cloud service procurement marketplace Apps.gov after three years in an effort to “provide streamlined customer service.

Released on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, the report finds that though the Office of Management and Budget required agencies to complete missing elements in their data center plans by the end of September 2011, only one agency has submitted a complete plan.
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“Operational efficiency and mission effectiveness are the key drivers for IT value in government in 2013,” said Thom Rubel, vice president of IDC Government Insights. “Government organizations are rapidly adopting ‘third-platform technologies’ – which IDC defines as mobile computing, cloud services, social networking and big data analytics — in tactical ways that will quickly transcend to broader ‘smart’ strategies.”

The IDC report also looked at other top 2013 government trends, including an increase in big data use across governmental agencies, the greater use of social analytics, and mobile devices becoming even more prominent than current standards.

According to its recently updated IT Cloud Services Forecast, the IDC reported that the cloud will comprise of $17.4 billion in IT purchases and grow to become a $44 billion market in 2013.

At the beginning of 2012, the US government reported that it has made significant progress in its massive government cloud consolidation plans and on track to close at least 1,200 data centers of its total 3,133 facilities.

However, new research released a few months later showed that governmental agencies have left gaping holes in their government cloud consolidation progress, such as  consolidation inventory and facility reports.

new bill was presented to Senate in September which would require federal agencies to submit annual reports on their progress to migrating their infrastructures to government cloud computing.

Talk Back: Are you currently selling cloud computing services to the US government? Do you see government cloud consolidation as a step in the right direction? Let us know in the comments section.

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