IDC Government Insights Report Finds Growing Demand for Cloud Services Among Government Agencies

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Aug 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- IDC Government Insights today announced a report detailing the growing demand for cloud services and enterprise architecture resources among government agencies. The new study, Best Practices: Some Confidence and Some Hesitation--Surprising Results from Our Government Cloud and Enterprise Architecture Survey (Doc #GI236031), focuses on the results of an IDC Government Insights survey, which measured the progress of cloud solutions at government agencies while also examining the related enterprise architecture needs. The survey revealed that despite the growing demand for cloud services, many IT managers are unsure of their organization's overall cloud strategy and the resources available to purchase and implement cloud services.

The report found that government employees realize cloud solutions are becoming important for IT strategy. However, many are still evaluating what cloud solutions will specifically mean to them and their organization. In addition, more than a third of the respondents lacked knowledge of cloud budgeting. IDC Government Insights finds that employee outreach is necessary to boost enterprise-wide understanding of cloud strategies and budgets.

Additional key findings of the IDC Government Insights report include:

-- Across all levels of government 90% of those surveyed anticipate cloud services will have an impact on computing infrastructure.

-- Local government participants were the least optimistic about cloud, with 14.7% saying cloud wasn't at all important.

-- Despite the fact that CFOs are often the people who drive their group's transition to cloud (due to potential cost savings), 60% of chief financial officers are only somewhat familiar with their organization's cloud strategy.

-- 15.2% of respondents said they would dedicate between 1% and 10% of the IT budget to cloud endeavors.

-- When it comes to cloud providers, there is a clear preference across all levels of government for large IT vendors versus smaller, specialty providers.

"Survey data indicates that significant progress already has been made for cloud services, but overall progress will only accelerate once several important issues have been addressed," said Shawn McCarthy, research director, IDC Government Insights. "These issues include lack of knowledge by some participants on the level of funding available to them to spend on cloud solutions as well as the needed enterprise architecture changes that can help agencies move more aggressively into cloud. By focusing on greater outreach efforts to bring all IT employees in line with enterprise cloud plans, government agencies can begin to benefit from cloud computing services."

The survey was conducted in the late spring of 2012 and measured the responses of more than 400 government information technology employees at various levels of the U.S. government. About half of the participants work for the federal government.

For additional information about this study, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Shawn McCarthy please contact Julie Crotty at 978-877-0053 or Julie@attunecommunications.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should email Julie@attunecommunications.com.

About IDC Government Insights IDC Government Insights assists government policy, program, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of government and IT industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the Federal/Central and local/provincial Governments. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit www.idc-gi.com , email info@idc-gi.com, or call 703-485-8300. Visit the IDC Government Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/government .

SOURCE: IDC Government Insights