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How Local Governments are Investing in Technology to Emerge from the Pandemic

Submitted by Connie Heath on July 28, 2021

How Local Governments Are Investing in Technology to Emerge from the Pandemic

As cities, counties and state agencies continue on the road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will continue to spend funds on bolstering their technology portfolios.

As Deltek’s showed, state, local and education (SLED) markets expect to benefit from the recently enacted government stimulus. A total of seventy-five percent (75%) of respondents to the most recent edition of the annual survey expect government information technology sales to either grow significantly or somewhat. And the outlook is also positive for the market as a whole, with 25% of respondents expecting the SLED market to grow significantly in the next 12 months and a further 42% expecting it to grow somewhat.

2021 Clarity GovCon Industry Study 

Our research has found that two areas in the information technology space, in particular, are – mobile device technology and advancing business technology hotspots in state and local government contracting

Government Spending on Mobile Device Technology

GovWin’s Smart Tags related to this area of the IT market include mobile device management services, mobile device management software and tablet computers. Tablets, which have seen increasing adoption by governments over the last few years, are more convenient than laptops and along with smartphones make up the “mobile” device category. They support easier work in the real world while remaining connected to the organization’s network. Tablets represent the majority of the total volume of contracts and have a higher rate of growth than smartphones.

Below are two examples of recent contracts from state and local agencies related to mobile device technology:

  • Tablet Computers – City of Los Angeles, CA - This month Los Angeles requested quotes from providers of tablet computers, in addition to other related technology software and products.
  • Mobile Workforce Management – City of Pasadena, CA - Pasadena is seeking providers of mobile device management offerings to include workforce management, network access control and VPN services.

Government Spending on Advancing Business Technology

While demand for business technology software was already on the rise prior to the pandemic, many state and local governments lacked the motivation to make changes in traditional business processes that were widely viewed as standard operating procedures. As the shift to remote work happened in 2020, government officials were staring at large declines in productivity and poor internal communication due to a lack of in-house digital solutions. Spending on this area is expected to grow, particularly in areas like project management and analytics software. Below are two examples of recent contracts from state and local agencies related to advancing business technology:

  • Financial Management Software – City of Perrysburg, OH

Perrysburg has been accepting proposals for an integrated enterprise resource planning system, including tools to automate workflow, manage projects and more.

  • Procurement Management Replacement – City of West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach recently released a Request for Proposal seeking a procurement management replacement solution to streamline their RFP processes.

Looking for more details on how state and local governments are approaching procurement in 2021? Find the latest analysis and information in for government contractors this resource hub.

Nick Schiffler is a business-to-government (B2G) market analyst and content marketer for GovWin from Deltek. Follow them on and stay up to date with the latest government market insights.