|[February 11, 2014]
IDC Government Insights Releases Government Mobility Forecast
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Government Insights announced a new report, Business
Strategy: Government Mobility Forecast, 2014-2017 - A Rising Tide of
Devices and Services (Doc #GI246592), which provides forecasts
for government spending on the hardware and software related to mobile
computing devices, the connection services associated with those devices
(such as cell phone connectivity or other mobile connection solutions),
and the software and applications that run on those devices. The new
report also examines the current drivers of mobility spending across
various levels of the U.S. government, and the major initiatives that
are helping define mobility preferences and how that influences where
the money is targeted.
"The mobile market in government is quite healthy," said Shawn
McCarthy, Research Director at IDC (News - Alert) Government Insights. "Smartphones
and services lead this sector, but the demand for tablet computers is
ramping up, and we expect double-digit growth in tablet spending to
reach the local levels of government in a big way by 2017."
Growth of wireless devices, services, and applications is reaching a
critical mass in government. According to IDC Government Insights, 2013
to 2015 should be the highest growth years overall for this market
segment. Tablet computers will see double-digit growth through 2016, as
will wireless data services, while pure airless voice traffic is
expected to slow. This growth is driven by both employee and citizen
demand. While government offices are helping to accelerate the mobile
migration (via things like the federal government's "Digital Government
Strategy" document, which sets specific goals and timetables), the end
users are truly stoking the expansion.
Key highlights from the report include:
Smartphones, tablets, and eReaders make up just 5% of the government
IT market. This gives them substantial growth potential. Tablets in
particular will grow at double-digit rates for the next three years.
Government smartphone growth is expected to peak in 2016, and will see
slight negative growth beyond that.
To expand their role in the mobile marketplace, many vendors are
looking to provide expertise, consultation, and best practices to help
government agencies understand the best way to deploy mobile
solutions, including the operation of app stores and access control.
From a services/connectivity standpoint, the wireless voice market
will decline by a -6.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). However,
wireless data services should grow by a CAGR of 10.2% during this same
Software companies who focus on the mobile market need to be willing
to offer hosted versions of their applications. Government agencies
seek a range of ownership/subscription choices.
In general, tablet and services/connectivity is expected to grow at
the local government level over the next few years, due to local
demand for inspections, licensing, case management, and more.
"Over the past few years, mobile hardware and associated mobile
solutions have been some of the fastest growing areas within government
computing. However, mobile growth is starting to level out," continued
McCarthy. "The one bright spot by 2017 will be state governments, where
we expect to see growth of near 8% for eReaders in 2017, thanks to
revived tax bases, planned equipment replacement cycles, and more
workers who conduct their job functions out of the office."
The goal of this new forecast report is to build a full five-year
forecast for this sub-segment. The report offers actions to consider for
both government agencies and the vendors serving this market.
For additional information about this report or to arrange a one-on-one
briefing with Shawn
McCarthy, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information
on purchasing reports, contact email@example.com;
reporters should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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