Few State and Local Governments Prepared for the Impact of the Big Five IT Trends

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Infrastructure bottlenecks

As state and local government organizations grapple with more responsibility and tighter budgets, the big five promise to improve performance, productivity and service. While these agencies clearly see the big five benefits, survey results reveal that they are unprepared for the consequent demands on the rest of their IT infrastructure. In fact, if they fully deployed the big five today, 63 percent of state and local IT professionals say they would face moderate to significant network bottleneck risks and 89 percent say they would need additional network capacity to just maintain current service levels.

MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, recently announced the results of its new report, “Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready?” The study, underwritten by Brocade, examines how the implementation of the big five – data center consolidation, mobility, security, Big Data, and cloud computing – will affect state and local government IT. According to the report, most state and local organizations plan to fully deploy the big five in the next three years, but almost all (94 percent) say their agency is not fully prepared for the resulting demands on the IT organization.


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