Local government IT innovation and spending have slowed over the last year but there are some new trends in 2018 that could cause them to make a shift. Those trends such as cybersecurity and hyper-converged Infrastructure, are crucial to the way in which a local government works as well impacting the bottom line.

Below is an article from statetechmagazine.com that describes some of the trends that may impact local government IT innovation. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge so we can work together to implement the best technology to improve the quality of IT for your local government.

Source: statetechmagazine.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 1/15/2018

Local governments deployed a whirlwind of new tech in 2017, including chatbots, the cloud, and artificial intelligence, in order to make internal IT operations more efficient. Meanwhile, smart city initiatives brought connected technologies onto the streets in cities, towns, counties, and states across the country.

But when it comes to local government IT innovation and spending over the last year, the greatest surprise is that there weren’t very many surprises at all, says Alan Shark, executive director and CEO of the Public Technology Institute.

“What we’ve seen is that local governments are doing better financially, the tax base is picking up since the recession, but IT spending has not increased. There seems to be a shyness to pick up spending,” says Shark, noting that this has led to frustrations in local government IT, as many IT leaders recognize the need to replace legacy equipment but are slow to plan aggressively for upgrades.

As we head into 2018, will this shyness begin to subside and result in an increase in IT investment? It may, says Shark, particularly as the cost of technology is dropping in many cases, but it will need to be accompanied by more robust justifications for IT upgrades and clear analysis on the return on investment for new tech.

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