Although continuing resolutions and ongoing budget cuts will have an impact, most federal IT spending requests are slightly ahead of 2011 levels, with buying trends expected to emphasize telework/mobile computing, cloud computing/virtualization, and cybersecurity. The 2012 Federal IT budget request is approximately $80.9 billion, of which 52 percent is civilian and 48 percent is defense. In 2011, the IT budget was $78.8 billion.
These financial statistics and technology trends were unveiled at a Federal IT FY2012 Budget Briefing hosted by immixGroup on October 20. immixGroup’s Market Intelligence organization, which prepared the content of the briefing, provides actionable information that helps commercial technology manufacturers, resellers, and solution providers identify relevant opportunities to do business with the Federal government.
Despite slight increases in IT budget requests almost across the board on the civilian side, the primary budget driver is cost savings. Agencies are emphasizing value measurement, process improvement, elimination of redundancy and duplication, and the adoption of new technologies to improve operations.
“There’s a lot of perceived doom and gloom around federal budgets this year,” said Doug Gaines, Director of Market Intelligence for immixGroup. “But we think agency IT budgets will be impacted less than overall budgets. And commercial technology products are critical to achieving the efficiencies and cost savings demanded by government agencies that still have missions to fulfill.”
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