What are we hearing from the CIO community on their outlook for 2023?
Teri: “CIOs want to work with partners that understand their business goals and their agency’s culture. As they look forward, here are five areas we have heard are their main priorities for this year:
- Attracting and retaining talent
- Obtaining business relationship managers
- Enhancing project management (CIOs want to make sure money is spent effectively and is meeting business objectives.)
- Improving the procurement process (What does government need to understand about technology companies and vice versa?)
What are we continuing to hear from the vendor community?
Teri: “We are hearing a lot of conversations about procurement. Vendors are looking for purchasing and procurement vehicles to make it easier for companies to work with government.
- The need for speed: old rules and regulations can make it difficult for tech partners to turn projects around quickly.
- The need for partnership: CIOs are reaching out more than ever before to build partnerships with vendors they trust.”
What advice do you have for the IT community?
Teri: “Understand that you must develop your leadership team and your technology team. You need to be thinking ‘business first,’ which means you need to speak the language of the business and then, prioritize your technology solutions to meet those business needs.
- Integrate digital equity into everything you do.
- Make sure that all your solutions are considering data and digital privacy.
- As you think about cybersecurity, make sure you are also thinking about risk management.
Lastly, as we hear talks of recession, it’s important we all stay positive. Government must have a partnership with their IT community to drive change when it comes to citizen services. There is an opportunity for IT professionals to really step up and take that responsibility to show how we can make changes in the business.”