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Report: 97% of Government Has an IT Plan

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The vast majority of federal agencies have strategic IT plans in place regardless of what happens after the presidential election and through transition, a report says.

Based off online surveys from 100 federal IT and business decision-makers, a Dell EMC survey released today suggests agencies are preparing for a future where ubiquitous mobility and connectivity are the norm and cloud computing is a foundational core of any IT infrastructure.

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According to the survey, 85 percent of IT executives have a strategic plan to increase business productivity and 65 percent hope to lower IT costs. Ninety-three percent believe mobility and converged infrastructure are the most important attributes for an agency or organization to be considered “future ready.”

"Federal agencies largely appreciate the value of digital transformation, considering cloud, mobility and big data important to their organizations," said Steve Harris, vice president and general manager at Dell EMC Federal, in a statement. "These technologies are positioned to revolutionize how government does business and interacts with its constituents. Digital transformation also demands agencies modernize their IT systems. With IT plans defined by incremental steps toward modernization and flexible software-based solutions, agencies are equipped to support tomorrow’s technology innovation and meet today’s mission goals."

Cloud computing, which could consume as much as $7 billion of the $90 billion IT budget over fiscal 2017, figure prominently in agencies’ strategic IT plans. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed said cloud was their biggest priority for federal IT spending moving forward.

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