WashingtonExec 2014 Market Outlook Series
As we turn the page on 2013, we look forward to a new year and new opportunities for innovation and growth in the government contracting community. This past year we experienced budget sequestration, a 16-day-long government shutdown, and a perpetually increasing focus on cyber security and healthcare IT.
WashingtonExec reached out to those most knowledgeable and experienced individuals in the federal contracting space. We asked executives in and around the beltway for insight regarding where they see the government contracting community headed in 2014. Topics discussed include M&A activity, cloud computing, healthcare IT, defense, mobility, and more.
Marilyn Crouther, Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services:
It is an exciting time to be an IT leader in the government space. Helping our clients successfully execute their mission, solve difficult problems, and transition to the new style of IT is what we come to work every day focused on achieving. Over the past year, many government agencies have tuned or refined their IT transformation plans in an effort to deliver services in a more efficient and innovative manner. In 2013, HP advised, transformed and managed a number of complex projects for our clients by providing innovative, cost effective solutions while helping to navigate through business and economic challenges and we plan to continue this in the New Year.
In 2014, agencies will continue to see a transformational shift that will impact the way services are delivered as well as the end user experience. As such, government agencies will need to adopt the new style of IT, a convergence of cloud, mobility, security and big data analytics, to connect and deliver IT services to employees, suppliers, citizens and military personnel. To achieve this, agencies can look to a trusted partner like HP to provide development, integration and support services to meet essential agency missions while operating under today’s reduced budgets.
The new style of IT will also drive higher levels of public-private partnerships in the coming year. For example, as government increases its use of mobile devices, agencies may elect to implement BYOD strategies that allow for a secure experience when accessing applications and services provided by government IT departments and commercial sources. In 2014, public-private partnerships will be instrumental in helping government attain the full value of mobile services by facilitating the collaboration on the development of secure mobile solutions designed to help achieve agency missions.