Moving up, locking down are priorities this year



The GCN Reader Survey is intended to provide data on trends and product preferences. This survey on issues and trends in 2004 is based on a recent e-mail survey of government GCN readers. We received 78 responses to the e-mail questionnaire.

What will agencies be up to over the next dozen months? Upgrading systems, for one. And improving IT security, for another.

Both items are high on the agenda for the coming year, according to GCN readers who responded to an e-mail survey about trends and issues.

More than half, 56 percent, identified upgrading systems and infrastructure as a high priority and just under half, 43 percent, saw improving IT security as a pressing need.

One survey respondent combined both concerns and added another'funding.

'Maintaining and improving the quality of the organization's information system infrastructure and security within budget constraints is a challenge,' the respondent said.

More than a third listed funding as a priority'and a major concern. And nearly half expected their agencies' IT spending to decrease in the next fiscal year.

'Project management directives and the lack of funding for them' was a major worry for one respondent. 'Decreased funding as a result of the budget deficit' was on the mind of another.

Cross-agency collaboration projects took precedence for 41 percent of those participating in the survey.

Less than a quarter of participants said developing or implementing an enterprise architecture is a priority. Still, 67 percent thought that all of the agencies' hard work on EAs would begin to pay off this year, and 88 percent expected at least moderate progress on their agency EAs.

One respondent was less sanguine about his agency's forward movement on its EA project. 'Continuing with an enterprise architecture implementation that is poorly conceived and does not scale well is a challenge,' he said.

Other challenges? Survey participants cited:
  • 'Learning how to build a business case for the different products we use.'

  • 'The biggest IT challenge continues to be on the business and people side'enabling and leading cultural change. The technology is there; creating and maintaining a sharing environment is not.'

  • 'Lack of support for moving to Linux and open-source software. This will adversely impact both budget and performance issues.'

  • 'The security of cross-domain information sharing.'

  • 'The implementation of wireless LAN and LAN security methodologies.'

  • 'Migrating legacy apps.'

  • 'Improving records management systems.'

  • 'Implementation of knowledge management to promote collaboration.'

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