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5 Ways the Government Can Cut Costs and Increase IT Efficiency

It seems that every year, government is asked to re-think their spending and look for ways to reduce costs. However, cutting expenditures doesn’t mean government IT buyers need to use less efficient or robust solutions – rather IT purchasers should look to solutions that increase value and productivity for the employees that use them and the cost savings will come.

Here are 5 ways your agency can cut costs while also boosting IT efficiency:

  1. Take Inventory of What Technology You Have Now

Look at your biggest line items from both an IT and a business perspective. Can a new or different solution help you reduce these big ticket items? Agencies are stretching limited budgets to meet increasing product and service demands, manage complex IT infrastructures, and comply with ever-changing regulations and reforms. The solution could be virtualizing data and IT infrastructure with VMware to reduce physical footprints and associated costs.

  1. Harness Your Data to Make it Work More Efficiently

When everyone in your agency can easily run analyses on the entirety of your organization’s data- from product telemetry, connected devices to user experience, traffic and parking control, to telemedicine – amazing things happen for agency efficiency and citizen satisfaction. Platfora is transforming how government unlocks insights, makes more meaningful decisions, produces better outcomes, increases operational efficiency, manages disparate resources, and more. Platfora enables organizations to improve processes, uncover new models, manage risks, and reduce costs.

  1. Store Your Data More Efficiently

Data storage and data center consolidation are huge government initiatives. Nimble Storage’s Adaptive Flash platform benefits government IT by lowering costs and improving productivity, eliminating the tradeoff between flash performance and legacy storage solutions. In fact, one report suggested that with Nimble Storage, capital expense can be reduced by 26%, operating expense by 37%, and ROI boosted to 37%.

  1. Design and Implement a BYOD Program

Today’s workers demand the opportunity for mobile work, which to some IT departments can seem like a major headache. Cybersecurity is a big issue, as well as productivity and compliance. However, products like Accellion’s kiteworks are being used to implement BYOD and mobile programs in the US Senate, NASA, Department of Veterans Affairs, Securities and Exchange Commission and more to increase business productivity, protect intellectual property, ensure compliance, and reduce costs. Similarly, state and local agencies are turning to AirWatch by VMware to secure their critical data while also ensuring that employees have the access they need to content, applications, and resources in order to perform their jobs. Even more, products like Samsung KNOX make enterprise mobile security even easier and more cost effective with built in mobile security from the hardware all the way up to the application level.

  1. Head to the Cloud

Cloud adoption is growing in the public sector with security initiatives like FedRAMP leading the charge for secure adoption and helping IT shops find cost savings and technology efficiency. Services and solutions like VMware’s vCloud Government Service (vCGS) allow agencies to leverage their existing investments in the software-defined data center while allowing the organization to run their operations in their FedRAMP compliant hybrid cloud environment.

But the cloud isn’t limited to just traditional approaches to cloud-computing within an organization. Salesforce’s approach to citizen satisfaction is focused on the cloud, coupled with services that run on any browser, on any device, at any time. In fact, Salesforce’s platform offers agencies a holistic blueprint for the future of government with steps to become citizen centric, migrate to the cloud, unlock and standardize data, collaborate internally and externally, and enable services. Salesforce is changing the way all levels of the public sector – transportation, healthcare, federal, state, and local agencies – think about empowering themselves in the digital world. GSA is streamlining application development, moving core functions to the cloud and using Salesforce to help automate critical functions. The agency has built over 100 applications in the cloud, taking over 200 application servers offline which in turn has helped to cut costs by 90% and reduce development time by 75% per app.

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