Reoprt: Spending on info sharing to rise

Nov. 9, 2005 at 7:35 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Federal spending on information-sharing and communication technology will rise by a third over the next five years, government market analysts INPUT said.

In a report released Wednesday, the Reston, Va.-based firm said spending on what it called "knowledge management solutions" would likely increase 35 percent over the next five years to $1.3 billion in 2010.

"Recent information lapses highlighted by Hurricane Katrina will cause (the White House Office of Management Budget) and Congress to be even more focused on getting agencies to move forward with the development of information-sharing processes and systems," the company said.

The technology and processes to be acquired will focus on "tying all of an agency's information together and making it available" to employees on the one hand, and on "enabling communications so that an agency can tap into its greatest knowledge base, its employees," on the other.

The report says the U.S. Army's knowledge management initiative "is a strong model for other agencies."

The company says vendors should ensure they can offer solutions that incorporate business process elements -- assisting them in "establishing and implementing a protocol that dictates how data will be collected, stored, and organized, as well as which employees will have access to certain types of information, and in what manner the information can be used" -- rather than just trying to sell technology.

It is "imperative for vendors to focus on knowledge management as a complete process, not just a software or hardware fix," said Chris Campbell, senior federal market analyst for INPUT.

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