Business intelligence projects are the top priority for government CIOs this year, followed by plans to strip out legacy systems.
According to analyst Gartner, government IT organisations are expecting their budgets to have a modest compound growth rate of 1.3 percent through to the end of 2017, with increased spending on IT services, software and datacentres likely to be fuelled cuts in internal technology services, devices and telecoms services.
"After years of being told to 'do more with less', many government CIOs report that budgets have stabilised or are increasing, placing them in a better position to deliver and manage IT services more effectively and efficiently," Gartner research director Rick Howard said in a statement.
According to the analyst, public sector CIOs' top 10 IT priorities are:
- Business intelligence and analytics
- Legacy modernisation
- IT management
- Collaboration technologies
- Mobile devices
- Mobile workforce application
- Security technologies
- Cloud computing
- Desktop virtualisation
- Service-oriented architecture
The top three technology priorities in 2013 have all changed since 2012, with business intelligence and analytics moving from number five to the top spot.
Their top three business priorities for this year include delivering operational results, improving IT applications and infrastructure, and reducing enterprise costs.
Gartner noted that improving the government IT organisation and workforce has moved to number two business priority, as the responsibilities of CIOs and IT professionals are shifted away from most legacy technology services and onto underserved areas of business need.