Gartner Research

Every Budget Is an IT Budget, but What About the Public Sector?

Published: 12 September 2014

ID: G00263532

Analyst(s): Jerry Mechling, Michael Smith


After more than 50 years of rapidly growing IT use, every budget of the enterprise is becoming an IT budget. This research explains what is unique about these developments in public-sector organizations, and what CIOs and IT leaders should do in response.

Table Of Contents


  • IT-Related Budgeting Trends and Challenges Since the 1969 Moon Landings
    • To Harvest Cloud-Scale Technologies, Balance Local Against Enterprise Interests Through Distributed Budget Authority
    • To Capture Good Jobs as Globalization Redistributes Service Production, Budget for the Economic Community, Not Just Individual Programs
    • To Improve Ongoing Operations, Make Budgeted Results Transparent, and Fund Support Services via Charges to the Programs Supported
    • To Budget for Innovation, Analyze Multiyear, Multiprogram IT-Based Investments
    • To Make Smart Choices About Strategic IT Initiatives, Ensure That IT and General Managers Are "on the Same Page"
  • Every Budget Is an IT Budget

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