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Study Reveals Government Agencies Perpetually Behind in Technology Adoption

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Leading government market research firm Market Connections, Inc., today announced a new survey that calls government agencies perpetually behind the curve in technology adoption compared to the private sector, and hampered in technology adoption as a result of old legislation.

The study, which explored perceptions and adoption of new and innovative technologies among federal government decision makers, revealed the perception of technology adoption in government agencies as “slow and difficult to keep going” like a vintage Model T.

The company conducted the survey in February on behalf of the Government Information Technology Council (GITEC). GITEC is a group of senior-level government executives organized to support the delivery of high-quality and cost-effective IT services to their customers. Market Connections released the findings at the GITEC annual summit, a forum for government leaders, industry and academia to share ideas, challenges and successes surrounding the implementation, management and use of Information Technology.

Lisa Dezzutti, president of Market Connections, said, “The findings show real progress in some emerging technology and application areas. But technology engines don’t seem to be revving to keep up with needs. When asked if innovations have found their way into daily applications, more federal  decision-makers compare their agencies to vintage cars rather than today’s hybrids.”

The majority of the 223 survey respondents serve in management, operations, or IT/MIS roles, with 39% of them employed in defense/military agencies and 61% employed in federal civilian or independent agencies.

Survey highlights indicate:

• Wireless/mobile solutions and cloud computing were cited most often as technologies that, while beneficial or promising, remain the most overlooked. In fact, nearly three-quarters of respondents were either unsure if their agency has a cloud deployment plan or very clear that it doesn’t have a plan.
• Forty-five percent (45%) of respondents said their agencies are perpetually behind the technology curve compared to the private sector, while another 39% say that old legislation negatively impacts their agencies’ adoption of new technologies.
• Budget limitations narrowly outpace security concerns as the top two challenges confronting the implementation of upcoming technology initiatives. In fact, 18% reported that general hardware and software updates were the most beneficial new or innovative technologies implemented in the last 12 months.
• Nearly three in ten respondents say their agencies are not actively engaging Gen Y in the workforce; however, more than a quarter are offering competitive salaries and benefits, providing flexible work environments and increased coaching and training, respectively.

Economic Recovery Spending Could Flow to Information Technology

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm

As the economy improves, chief financial officers (CFOs) will look to bolster their information technology (IT) systems, a new survey suggests. When asked where they are most likely to place their investment dollars when a recovery occurs, 40 percent of CFOs interviewed cited IT.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world’s premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 1,400 CFOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.

CFOs were asked, “In which one of the following areas are you most likely to invest once the economy improves?”  Their responses:

New or upgraded IT systems ………………….. 40%
New products or service lines ……………….. .18%
New locations or real estate ………………… …14%
Mergers or acquisitions …………………………..6%
None, will not invest ………………………………19%
Other ……………………………………………………2%
Don’t know …………………………………………….1%
                                  
“As companies emerge from the recession and become more profitable, they will begin to focus on shoring up critical business applications and technology infrastructure,” said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. “While finance executives may remain cautious about making bold new expenditures, they understand that updating their IT systems can help improve risk management, increase operational efficiency and ensure regulatory compliance.”

McDonald noted the survey showed that the largest companies (1,000 or more employees) are most likely to invest in new or upgraded IT systems (48 percent) because of the economies of scale that come from making systemwide improvements.

He added, “IT investments encompass not only hardware and software but also reflect the human resources necessary to manage these initiatives.”

Marriott Ranked Top Place To Work For IT Professionals

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm

According to Computerworld, Marriott International Inc., is ranked as one of “The Best Places to Work in Information Technology”, for the seventh year in a row. The hotel-chain ranked 12th overall, and is the leader in the lodging industry.

According to Los Angeles based IBISWorld, a provider of comprehensive industry reports, at the end of 2007, Marriott Inc. had over 3,000 properties globally, across 68 countries and territories, with revenue of over $13,000 million. The chain is known  to operate and franchise its hotels under the brands: Marriott, Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari.

Computerworld highlighted Marriott’s long tenure and the peer-to-peer Values In Practice (VIP) Award program. Each month, a few outstanding IT workers are honored for exhibiting one of the company’s core operating values and are recognized with a congratulatory letter from the CIO and a crystal plaque.
The Best Places to Work in Information Technology (IT) list is an annual ranking of the top 100 work environments for technology professionals compiled by Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management.” The lists are compiled based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition, Computerworld conducts extensive surveys of IT workers, and their responses factor heavily in determining the rankings.
“Marriott’s success depends upon the extent to which our associates have the capacity, motivation, tools and information to achieve both personal and professional growth,” says Carl Wilson, executive vice president and chief information officer. “We are honored that Computerworld has recognized our efforts to provide Marriott associates with the opportunities they need to be successful.”
“To be among the Best Places to Work in IT, it’s not enough just to seek out and hire the most talented IT people, offer them competitive pay and provide great benefits,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “The organizations that made this year’s Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business critical. In the months and years ahead, IT is going to become a key accelerator of business growth.”