A new type of government cloud services, labeled "regional cloud hubs", will significantly change the way state and local governments procure online computing services, IDC Government says in a new report.
These regional cloud hubs, defined as one government agency (often at the state level) offering computing services to other government agencies, have proven successful in the State of Michigan and State of Utah and are further examined within the report. In addition, the new research provides a framework for building similar regional cloud solutions. According to Shawn McCarthy, research analyst, IDC Government Insights, "We believe that cloud hubs will see rapid growth, since the first multiagency efforts have already shown a positive return on investment and solid service levels for cloud solutions subscribers." Cloud computing is rapidly changing the way government organizations consume computing resources. This comes at a time when virtualized servers and efforts towards application standardization have merged many government solutions. As solutions merge, less data center space is needed. In fact, by the end of 2012 close to 40% of federal datacenters will be shuttered. Many state governments are following suit, often combing multiple datacenters into one or two large statewide operations. Remaining data centers often serve as a shared computing resource for multiple departments. According to IDC Government Insights, these new regional cloud solutions often require zero to moderate capital expenditures and are developed in-house or are commercially developed private clouds, dedicated to government use and designed to meet specific government standards. (Contact: IDC Government, Sandra Collins, email@example.com , 508/988-6746 , www.idc.com).
IT workers hoping to improve their standard of living in 2012 will not likely find relief through annual salary raises, Computer Economics believes. The Computer Economics 2012 IT Salary Report finds that IT organizations are planning to hand out average raises of 2.8% this year. Even organizations at the 75th percentile are budgeting for only a 3.0% wage increase for employees. That lags well behind the 3.4% rise in the Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period through November 2011. On a positive note, most IT workers will get some measure of increase: even organizations at the 25th percentile are increasing salaries for existing employees by 1.8%, which is an improvement over the no-raise policy that prevailed last year in the bottom quartile. Still, typical raises planned for 2012 are somewhat compressed across all quartiles and show little variation by job function or level. The findings are based on a fourth-quarter survey of more than 130 U.S.-based IT organizations. Although there are modest improvements in the general employment picture, our research indicates hiring by IT organizations across all sectors will remain weak in 2012, especially among large organizations. If the domestic economy continues to improve, we anticipate some upward pressure on wages, however. IT organizations will need to take steps to retain key workers due to the rise in voluntary turnover rates. Voluntary turnover rate for IT organizations, after dropping to nearly 2% in 2010, is on track to return to normal levels in 2012. Turnover rose to 4% to 2011, and we anticipate it returning to the 5% level, which was typical during the period prior to the 2008 recession. As such, IT organizations will face demands for higher pay from some workers. (Contact: Computer Economics,949/831-8700, http://www.computereconomics.com).
Master data management (MDM) is critical to achieving effective information governance, according to Gartner, Inc. Failure to manage information accurately has been the root cause of several incidents, including the leak of sensitive information to WikiLeaks, and can be fatal to the success of MDM programs. MDM is a technology-enabled business discipline in which business and IT organizations work together to ensure the uniformity, accuracy, stewardship, semantic consistency and accountability of the organization's official, shared master data assets. It is increasingly identified by organizations with (1) the launch of a formal enterprise information management (EIM) strategy and (2) the foundation of an information governance program that supports EIM. MDM is one of the most notable information governance programs, and the MDM market continues to grow because it focuses on specific business drivers and business-led initiatives. Gartner estimates worldwide MDM software revenue will reach $1.9 billion in 2012, a 21 percent increase from 2011. “The recent global financial crisis has put information governance in the spotlight," said Ted Friedman, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. “Information governance is a priority of IT and business leaders as a result of various pressures, including regulatory compliance mandates and the urgent need for improved decision-making.” (Contact: Gartner, Laurence Goasduff , + 44 1784 267 195, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gartner.com.)
Latin America's low broadband penetration rates are leading governments to develop comprehensive broadband plans with ambitious goals to ensure that a significant percentage of the population will gain access in the next 5-10 years, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.
“National Broadband Plans Show a Diversity of Methods but a Unity of Purpose” examines national broadband plans that have debuted in select countries in Latin America and highlight key themes that are vital to success. This examination will include examples of accomplishments that have been made through the help of having a clearly defined national broadband plan (NBP) in place. Next, Pyramid Research will provide project investments that the private sector has made to support NBPs, with special attention given to areas previously deemed to lack commercial potential. An analysis of the suitability of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to realize NBP objectives will follow. The report will conclude with case studies of more detailed national broadband plans from Brazil, Colombia and Chile, along with recommendations of best practices for NBP development. "NBPs have been introduced in several Latin America countries and provide clear road maps and targets for the sector to develop in a coordinated and fully participatory way," says Sonia Jorge, Director of Research at Pyramid. NBPs raise the profile of the ICT sector in the context of the countries' overall socioeconomic development plans and are critical to demonstrate a country's commitment to universal access and consequently the Information Society. "A successful plan is developed in consultation with all stakeholders – regulators, operators, government ministries across sectors and civil society – because all parties have a vested interest in the implementation and successful outcome of the plan," she notes. (Contact: Pyramid Research, Jennifer Baker,617/871-1910, email@example.com, www.pyr.com).
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