The global Internet of Things (IoT) market is predicted to reach $457B in 2020 reach a CAGR of of 28.5%. Technologies like IoT, machine learning, artificial intelligence and digital transformation are giving rise to big data and big data analytics in both public and private sectors. The same trends that are driving data growth within the enterprise are impacting Federal Agencies as well.
Agencies are faced with challenges like legacy infrastructure, growing data and delivery needs, and navigating the complex web of solutions with a limited pool of trusted advisors. Initiatives like the Data Center Optimiation Initiative (DCOI), Federal IT FITARA, and Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGTA) are driving efforts to optimize, consolidate and adopt cloud computing to modernize IT. Benefits range from cost savings, freeing up staff time, and helping accomplish their agency’s mission more efficiently.
According to initiatives, Federal agencies must close 25% of their Tiered data centers and 60% of their Non-Tiered data centers by the end of fiscal year 2018. The IT Dashboard shows 3,133 of the 4,477 data centers identified have been closed.
To maximize efficiencies in the midst of consolidation, agencies are looking at moving more and more applications and data processing toward cloud and edge computing solutions. For instance, the DHS has identified 70 of the 584 applications they host as candidates the agency will seek to move into the cloud. And, Army Corps of Engineers sees Software as a Service as a means to improve agency mobility.
Additional resources: 2017 FITARA Scorecard