This IDC Government Insights Perspective highlights the implications of the 3rd Platform for government CIOs. IDC has predicted, chronicled, and analyzed the remarkable shift to the 3rd Platform technologies of cloud, mobile, social business, and Big Data and analytics for innovation in delivering mission. The 3rd Platform is driven by high growth in the volume and variety of information; citizens creating digital information such as text messages, blogs, emails, and videos; and the digital footprints left through GPS tracking and computer keystrokes. It is also driven by the velocity of information from videos to streaming data from satellites and mobile access to anywhere, anytime information.
These technologies are necessary for dealing with the explosion of data in the digital universe, require a dramatic transformation of government IT structure and business management processes, and are becoming the foundation for virtually all of government's new strategic investments. Let's take a closer look at each.