Measuring Up: Stand Back And Let The Big Dog EatBy Baselinemag | Posted 2002-07-02 Email Print
Private-sector chief information officers will turn green with envy, especially as the economic climate forces them to hold the lineif not cuttheir own technology spending budgets.
Private-sector chief information officers will turn green with envy, especially as the economic climate forces them to hold the lineif not cuttheir own technology spending budgets. The federal government plans to spend $37.1 billion on information services and systems in the current fiscal year, and a new report shows that number will rise at a compound annual growth rate of 11% to $63.3 billion in FY2007.
The government "is the single largest enterprise in the world," says Payton Smith, manager of Public Sector Market Analysis Services for INPUT, a marketing research company that studies tech spending in the public sector. Five agencies within the governmentNASA and the Departments of Defense, Treasury, Transportation and Justicespend the most on information technology, and by 2007 will claim nearly 70% of the $63.3 billion figure, according to the report.
"Homeland security and e-government initiatives are the highest information technology priorities for federal agencies today," Smith says, and the huge growth in budget will come even as the Office of Management and Budget looks to eliminate redundant programs and spending. That may be good news for some vendors. Spending on commercial servicesincluding outsourcing, professional services, systems integration and processing servicesis expected to grow faster than spending on brand new equipment or software.