WashingtonExec 2013 Government Contracting Outlook Series:
The new year brings big changes for the Federal IT industry, and WashingtonExec is back with its Government Contracting Industry Outlook Series.
We are giving local executives the opportunity to share their thoughts on where they see our industry headed this year and beyond. Leaders were asked a series of questions focused on cloud computing, healthcare IT, defense, mobility, and more.
Tod Weber, Chairman and General Manager at Software AG Government Solutions, Inc.:
“In 2013, collaboration between government and industry will take on a significant importance as the focus on the Big Data challenge shifts towards speed and visibility across many applications. There is tremendous value to the government in being able to instantaneously analyze massive data sets aggregated from multiple data sources. One only has to think of the capability to instantaneously check every available source of information when screening a passport at a border crossing to comprehend the potential impact of this capability. The commercial sector has proven the viability of leveraging such real-time analytics in driving fraud detection down from minutes to only a few seconds. We believe the government will move aggressively to study these successes and adopt the associated best practices.
With the continued fiscal pressures on the government, we also believe 2013 will see a heavy focus on proving out the viability of Big Data solutions before government funds are expended. Gone will be the idea of making significant investments on the promise of future results. Gone will be the idea of attempting to use inferior technical solutions and large service engagements because a solution happened to be thrown in to an enterprise agreement. Collaboration with the commercial sector will become the dominant approach to seeking proven solutions.”