Gartner Survey Finds Government CIOs to Invest More in Data Analytics and Cybersecurity in 2019

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According to a recent press release, “Data analytics and cybersecurity pushed cloud out of the top spot for increased technology investment by government chief information officers (CIOs) in 2019, according to a survey from research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. This increased focus on data reflects CIOs’ acknowledgment that artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics will be the top ‘game-changing’ technologies for government in 2019. Gartner’s 2019 CIO Agenda Survey gathered data from 3,102 CIO respondents in 89 countries and across major industries, including 528 government CIOs. Government respondents are segmented into national or federal; state or province (regional); local; and defense and intelligence, to identify trends specific to each tier.”

The release continues, “When it comes to strategic business priorities, the survey found that 18 percent of CIOs across all levels of government have prioritised digital initiatives again this year as key to achieving mission outcomes, compared with 23 percent from all other industries. The next three business priorities for government are industry-specific goals (13 percent), operational excellence (13 percent) and cost optimisation/reduction (8 percent). The survey data indicates that governments are making deliberate progress toward designing and delivering digital services, achieving comparable maturity to other industries overall. When asked what stage their digital initiative was at, 29 percent of government respondents say their organisations are scaling and refining their digital initiatives — the tipping point at which a digital initiative is considered mature. This is up from 15 percent in the 2018 survey. However, government is still lagging other industries (33 percent overall) in scaling and refining digital initiatives. The gap is particularly marked in defense and intelligence, where just nine percent of respondents have scaled digital initiatives.”

Read more at PRwire.

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