New IDC Government Insights Reports Highlight Top Vendors of IT Government Services and Top IT Vendors by Federal Agency

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – February 15, 2011 – IDC Government Insights today announced the availability of two new reports, Vendor Assessment: Top 25 IT Services Vendors Tell a Larger Story – Government Datacenter Consolidation (Document #GI226454) and Top Federal Government IT Vendors by Agency – 2009 (Document #GI226808). The studies are designed to assist government agencies in identifying key vendors for an IT consolidation project and to help vendors gain market share as agencies move toward shared services and cloud solutions.

System and Data Center Consolidation Spurs Demand for Systems Integrators

The federal CIO has ordered departments and agencies to reduce the total number of datacenters by as much as 40% through 2013. As a result, many government IT facilities are currently working to combine their datacenter operations. This has fueled a strong demand for vendors with a very specific set of IT systems integration skills.

"System and datacenter consolidation could well become the backbone of IT systems integrators over the next five years," said Shawn P. McCarthy, research director for IDC Government Insights. "Government CIOs have set their goals, and vendors are reacting to that demand as noted in this year's assessment of the Top 25 IT Services Vendors."

The new vendor assessment report, Vendor Assessment: Top 25 IT Services Vendors Tell a Larger Story – Government Datacenter Consolidation," (Document #GI226454) contains a list of the top 25 vendors providing IT services to U.S. government facilities. The list is not only dominated by large systems integrators (SIs) but topped by a set of vendors that have specific government expertise. Also of note, several major IT services contracts featured in the new report focus on system consolidation, revealing that agencies are willing to spend multiple millions of dollars on system consolidation expertise. Many of those contracts have been awarded to members of IDC Government Insights' "top 25" list.

Specialty Vendors Make Top 10 List of IT Vendors by Agency

As a companion document, IDC Government Insights has published, Top Federal Government IT Vendors by Agency – 2009, (Document #GI226808). This new list features top IT vendors, based on federal procurement reports and segmented by federal departments and major agencies. Large systems integrators continue to be the major players in the government IT space, but select specialty vendors, including software vendors, appear in the top 10 lists for some agencies.

"Because IT contracts tend to be multi-year, we still expect to see systems integrators at the top of the list for the next few years," continued Mr. McCarthy. "However, cloud computing is expanding rapidly in the federal government. While cloud services have not yet had a major impact, we do expect to see a significant effect on numbers for 2011. As more solutions move to the cloud, new players could emerge."

For additional information about these studies, or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Shawn McCarthy please contact Sarah Murray at 781-794-3214 or sarahbethmurray@gmail.com. Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact insights@idc.com; reporters should emailsarahbethmurray@gmail.com

About IDC Government Insights

IDC Government Insights assists government policy, program, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of government and IT industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the Federal/Central and local/provincial Governments. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology, media, research, and events company. For more information, please visit www.idc-gi.com, email info@idc-gi.com, or call 703-485-8300. Visit the IDC Government Insights Community at http://idc-insights-community.com/government.

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