Technology purchases are on the rise, according to the Gartner technology research firm. “The U.S. state and local market is turning the corner with a renewed focus on modernization and innovation, along with budgets back in positive territory,” say Gartner analysts. In its recent “Market Insight: State and Local Government IT Market Primer,” the firm notes that state and local enterprise IT budgets will reach $71.9 billion in 2016 and climb to $72.8 billion in 2017.
The ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT), where devices, vehicles and other items are embedded with software, sensors and connectivity, is also helping loosen government agencies’ purse strings. Cisco’s Internet of Everything site predicts a $4.6 trillion market in IoT for the public sector in smart cities, outfitting the next-generation worker, traffic management and other apps.
“Anything related to open data and data management will see big growth” as a result of IoT implementations, says Andrew Hacker, Cyber Security Expert in Residence at Harrisburg University (Pa.) of Science and Technology.
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See related report, Top Strategic Predictions for 2016 and Beyond: The Future Is a Digital Thing, at https://www.gartner.com/user/registration/prospect?resId=3142020&srcId=1-6595640805&cm_sp=gi-_-free-_-heroleft
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