2015 Federal Government IT Priorities Survey

Nov 24, 2014


Federal IT Priorities

Government IT organizations, like all tech shops, are challenged with staying on top of rapidly changing business and agency mission needs. But developing a long-term IT vision has become difficult given rapidly shifting economic, political, and technology trends. Respondents to our Federal Government IT Priorities Survey are focusing most of their attention on cyber and information security but have admittedly let cloud strategies, data center consolidation, and collaboration across departments fall by the wayside amid budget and cultural limitations.

Of the 123 survey respondents, 70% are involved with defining technology requirements, evaluating products and services, or have input in the selection of tools, but only 5% make final decisions on product and service purchases. Among them:

>> 70% said that cyber and information security programs are "extremely important" at their agencies. Only 3% said security is "not important at all."

>> The top two barriers to effective execution of IT projects are lack of budget (35%) and conflicting or poorly defined requirements (24%).

>> 46% have no plans to replace any infrastructure with cloud services in the upcoming fiscal year; that's up from 41% in our 2013 survey.

>> 19% say their agencies have enough IT workers with the necessary cloud, security, and acquisition skills to be effective moving forward.

In this report, we:

>> Discuss why government agencies, despite a sharp focus on information security, are falling behind in critical areas such as cloud and IT innovation.

>> Look at how agencies are planning to increase data center consolidation, use more open source software, and find more workers with cloud and security skills. 

Respondent breakdown: 59% have 1,000 or more employees; 30% have over 10,000 employees. Sixteen percent of respondents are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level, and 22% are IT staff. Twenty-six percent are contractors, systems integrators, and/or consultants. (R8031114)

Survey Name InformationWeek 2014 Federal Government IT Priorities Survey

Survey Date June 2014

Region North America

Number of Respondents 123

Purpose To determine IT priorities for federal government technology professionals and contractors

Methodology InformationWeek surveyed 123 federal government technology decision-makers. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek and InformationWeek Government subscribers.

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