Contoso is an advisor to several public sector agencies.
Government purchases of goods and services will grow an
average of more than 1.5 percent in the remaining quarters of
2011 and into the first quarter of 2012,
purchases of goods and services in the U.S. (also called
government consumption and gross investment) will reach $3.03
trillion in the fourth quarter of 2012 vs. $2.9 trillion in
2011. State and local governments will account for $1.8
trillion, while federal purchases will exceed $1.2 trillion.
At a time when the federal government is feeling
powerless to meet increasing demands on decreasing budgets,
theres still a bit of good news: Federal agencies have the
power to steer their organization's in new directions,
unencumbered by old constraints. For example, they can improve
transparency while addressing administration goals of scalable,
interactive citizen portals; increase collaboration across
organizations; deliver volumes of data to citizens in useful
ways; and reduce IT costs while helping your agency focus on
mission-critical tasks. From on-demand data centers to OS
management, productivity tools to application development and
delivery, the Federal Government spending continues to shore up
the economy, offering some hope for the remainder of 2012.
With the explosion of smart phones, tablets, and other
powerful gadgets, state governments are accessing information
and services in new and increasingly diverse ways. This has left
most feeling overwhelmed with how to keep your data secure, meet
the increasing demand for ubiquitous Wi-Fi, develop mobile
applications, and so forth. All the while with a watchful eye to
turning these obstacles into opportunities.
From still photos and videos to GPS and Smartphones, the
latest trends in consumer technology will continue to influence
local government operations. Most governments realize that this
Consumerization of Technology poses some interesting challenges,
especially developing programs and services for those with the
new devices, as well as planning for those without access to
them. In addition, they use social media to create additional
opportunities to better engage citizens.