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Research Shows Cutting Costs Not A Gov IT Priority

I started my career in government, running the IT operations of a college within a large state-funded university. While that's a far cry from the scale of federal agencies, I don't think the mind-set necessarily is. First rule of government: If you don't spend your budget, it'll be given to someone who will. We did our best to make great and clever use of the funds we had for the benefit of students, faculty, researchers, and staff, but I understood that a dollar saved was never going to trickle

On one hand, survey respondents hold great hope for data center consolidation, business intelligence, cybersecurity, and cloud computing, all areas with established best practices. But on the other hand, only 13% think federal CIO Vivek Kundra should be pushing for more shared IT services. With admitted dismal performance on major tech initiatives and a lack of resources and talent, you'd think taking a more centralized approach would have widespread appeal.

Old habits die hard, and strong leadership at this stage is critical. Whether Kundra, alongside fed CTO Aneesh Chopra, can provide that leadership remains to be seen, but one thing that's not up for debate: there's a lot of work to be done.

Art Wittmann is a former editor for InformationWeek. View Full Bio
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