Downers Grove, Ill. — May 23
Challenged by tight budgets, bureaucratic hurdles and a dramatic rise in cybersecurity attacks, government agencies are looking for technology solutions that help them become more efficient while reducing costs, according to recent research released by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry.
CompTIA’s second annual “Government IT Purchase Plans” study finds that the top influencer driving government IT purchase plans over the next 12 months is a desire to become more efficient and reduce long-term costs. It was identified as an influential or very influential factor in purchase decisions by 60 percent of the government IT decision makers or influencers surveyed.
A majority of respondents, 54 percent, said the need to comply with a mandate or regulation is a driving factor in IT spending. Other top purchase influencers include responding to the needs of citizens and staff (53 percent) and the need to modernize aging systems (47 percent), especially systems that are vulnerable to security threats due to dated technology.
“Though budget challenges and the burden of bureaucracy can slow the pace of change, government technology spending will continue, particularly on solutions that help to ease the challenges of resources and security,” said Amy Carrado, director of market research at CompTIA. “But with money to spend increasingly precious, agencies are likely to demand greater returns on their investments and require vendors to clearly prove the effectiveness of their solutions.”
Nearly four in 10 (39 percent) federal, state and local government IT decision…
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