Guest post by Chris Schmitt, Worldwide WebSphere Industry Marketing Manager
The US Federal Government budget was only increasing 0.2% in 2012 and that government’s worldwide would need to do more with less. As I sit here on March 4th, 2 days after the sequestration is forcing US Agencies to cut $85 billion from their budgets between now and October 1st, it looks like not only has the trend continued, but it has accelerated.
The easiest way to deal with the budget cuts is to just reduce services to citizens. And some governments have started doing that. But that will only work for so long and there is only so much that can be cut if governments continue to operate in the same manner. So the key is to look at how this budget crisis can be leveraged to effect institutional changes. Now is the time for agencies to re-examine their business, to see
• How they can operate more effectively, How they can restructure their organization
• How they can get the most out of their IT environment.
If you have any experience in government, you know change can be slow and painful, but when given the right impetus, great strides can be made. So the question becomes “How do governments take advantage of this?”
• It is about embracing new technology. Technology that allows you to put your business in motion.
• Mobile technologies to create greater efficiencies within your organization and change the interaction with constituents outside of your organization.
• Business Process Management and integration to provide insight into your processes and the ability to redefine them, gaining the ability to deliver greater value and reduce costs.
• And it is about reinventing your IT environment, leveraging cloud and optimizing your infrastructure to be able to quick scale and adapt to changing business requirements.
Join us at Impact 2013 being held from April 28th through May 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada, The premier event for forward-thinking business and IT professionals looking to respond to the complexity of increasingly interconnected organizations, markets, societies and governments. This year you can,
• Learn how IBM solutions are redefining the interactions governments have with their citizens to provide real time personalized services. Anytime. Anywhere.
• In fluid environments, new threats continuously emerge. Learn how government agencies are adapting, synthesizing data and collaborating to ensure the right people have the right information to proactively respond to emergency situations.
• With decreasing budgets, learn how other governments are reducing their IT operating costs while still being able to provide new services to a growing constituency.
Impact 2013 will feature exciting government sessions like “Federal Government and Gamification: Ready to Play” presented by Lockheed Martin and the Government Round Table “Emerging Technologies in Government”.
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