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Top Ten Local Government Technology Management and Application Priorities for 2016

PTI Staff Contact: Dale Bowen, Deputy Executive Director for Program Development, 202-626-2456

Security ranks as the number one technology management priority for local government technology executives in 2016, according to the results of a poll of city and county technology officials conducted by PTI. This is the second year in a row that security ranked as the number one technology management priority for technology executives. Security includes security frameworks, training and awareness and budget requirements.

Enterprise vision and building a roadmap for Information Technology ranked as the number two technology management priority, followed by legacy modernization at number three.

PTI conducted the poll of local government technology executives in mid-December 2015. PTI provided the executives with a list of ten technology management priorities and asked to rank them from one to ten. The entire list is presented below.

2016 Technology Management Priorities for Local Governments:

  1. Security (security frameworks, training and awareness and budget requirements)
  2. Enterprise Vision and Roadmap for I.T. (integrating and influencing strategic planning)
  3. Legacy Modernization (enhancing, renovating, and replacing)
  4. Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity
  5. Budget and Cost Control
  6. Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  7. Human Resources (workforce reduction, attracting, developing and retaining IT personnel, support/training)
  8. Cloud Services (SaaS, infrastructure, security, privacy, data ownership)
  9. Consolidation/Optimization (identifying and dealing with barriers)
  10. Agile and Incremental Software Delivery

In this same poll, local government technology executives were asked to rank their technology applications priorities for 2016. Security enhancement tools ranked as the number one technology application priority. Legacy application modernization/renovation ranked second, followed by data management at number three. The entire list is presented below.

2016 Technology Applications Priorities for Local Governments:

  1. Security Enhancement Tools
  2. Legacy Application Modernization/Renovation
  3. Data Management
  4. Virtualization
  5. Identity and Access Management
  6. Document/Content/Records/E-mail Management
  7. Cloud Solutions/Software as a Service
  8. Voice and Data Communications/Networking
  9. Business Intelligence/Business Analytics
  10. Mobile Workforce

"It is very clear that local governments will continue to focus attention and resources on securing their networks and environments. As we see from the list of priorities, local government technology executives have a full plate from securing the enterprise to modernizing applications and dealing with a more mobile workforce, this is where training and sharing best practices can be of benefit" said Alan Shark, Executive Director of PTI.