Governments to Reduce IT Spending

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Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in cloud, big data, network security and more:

  • A Gartner study revealed that global governments plan to reduce their IT spending to $449.5 billion – a 0.1% drop from 2012. According to The Register, “The top three areas governments want to splurge cash on are: mobile technologies, IT modernisation and cloud computing, while there is also ‘strong interest’ in professional services and Big Data.” When it comes to the cloud, 30%-50% of the respondents plan to adopt public or private cloud services within the next year.

Governments are also showing an increased interest in BYOD, as 52% now let workers use their own smartphones. However, since more employees are bringing their own devices to work, Gartner warned vendors that IT spending may decrease. For more information on government IT spending, see The Register.

  • The Oxford English Dictionary has added “big data” to its quarterly online update. This underscores the importance of big data, as the dictionary usually waits ten years before a new word is considered for inclusion. Other tech additions include “tweet” and “crowdsourcing”. For more information, see
  • Canada is concerned about how Google Glass impacts privacy. According to IDG, the Canadian privacy commissioner, along with 36 other global data protection authorities, raised concerns about Google Glass’ ability to film and record others. The data protection groups sent an open letter to Google CEO Larry Page. According to IDG, “They want to know how Google Glass complies with data protection laws and what information Google collects via Glass. They asked how Google intends to use this information and what part of that information is shared with third parties.” They also asked Google to let interested parties test Google Glass. For more information on Google Glass and data privacy, see the IDG article.
  • CIOs are not panicking about Prism. Computerworld interviewed a number of CIOs about their reaction to the Prism surveillance scandal. One CIO stated that only certain industries, such as the nuclear or medical industries, need to worry about it. Another CIO said, “Many enterprises may be more concerned about industrial espionage than government spy agencies cracking their communications. But Prism should nonetheless serve as a clear wake-up call to CIOs and other IT executives.” For more CIO reactions to Prism, see the Computerworld article.
  • And finally … your sys admin may hate you. One lesson from the US surveillance scandal is that you want to keep your sys admins on your good side. That’s why IT World has published a list of “9 reasons sys admins hate you”. If you do things such as flagging down your sys admins to ask for something on the fly, they probably hate you. If you fail to heed their advice and upgrade your hardware – and then it fails – your sys admins probably hate you. For more annoying habits that are pissing off your sys admins, see the IT World article.

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