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

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Laying the groundwork

While agencies have a long way to go in preparing their networks for the big five, some agencies are laying the groundwork now. Forty-five percent of survey respondents report that they have already taken steps to improve security measures. In addition, agencies have taken steps to improve network policies, reduce network latency, improve scalability and add bandwidth.

"Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready?" is based on an online survey of 201 state and local government IT professionals in December 2013. The report has a margin of error of +/- 6.88 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. To download the full study, please visit www.meritalk.com/bigfiveinoverdrive.

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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