The need to have information technology solutions which creates productivity and reduces cost for the long-term is now even more important because of the sequester. The sequester is going to reduce the federal spending by billions and billions of dollars. These budget cuts would impact labor rosters for both government and contracting staff which supports programs which may have been impacted by the sequester. The reduction in staff, programs, and the need for government to maintain a high level of service is going to put some major pressure on organizations to deliver solutions which could achieve the same level of production despite the budget cuts.
Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the federal and industry markets have to develop technology solutions which are practical, safe investments, and are truly aligned to the mission of the organization. There will be no room for over spending on projects that do not meet deadlines and do produce a deliverable instantly. There will be increased emphasis to move towards an agile delivery method for producing software products which would allow for acceptance or feedback based on client’s interpretation of the quality of the product. The need to have technology solutions which meets the needs of the organization reduces operational cost of the organization, and removes redundant processes from the organization is going to be critical for both government and industry to maintain the high level of service that customers are use to receiving. Customers look at business as a black box. They get the services and products that they need without the need to understand their internal mechanisms. They will not understand if service levels are decreased because of budget cuts. This perception is very important for organizations to understand to remain credible and relevant in their industry. Technology is one of the few differentiators out there that can really enable an organization to be productive.