Analyst predicts that Smart Cities initiatives are set for a boost in 2014

IDC Government Insights director Ruthbea Yesner expects cities to move "from research and evaluation to investment in pilots"

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 24 January 2014
Analyst predicts that Smart Cities initiatives are set for a boost in 2014

Smart Cities initiatives are set for a boost in 2014, according to predictions for leading IDC Government Insights analysts.

IDC recently held a web conference to help organisations and government agencies capitalise on emerging market opportunities and plan for future growth.

“Cities will move more quickly from research and evaluation to investment in pilots and the organisational structures to support Smart City initiatives,” said Ruthbea Yesner Clarke, research director, IDC Government Insights Smart Cities Strategies. “We predict that in 2014 there will be a lot of partnership activity as vendors define their Smart City offerings and strive to gain customer mindshare.”

Speaking at the conference, Clarke and IDC Government Insights analysts Alison Brooks and Mukesh Chulani revealed their top ten predictions for Smart Cities development in 2014. These include:

  • Around 15% of cities in the world will be in the opportunistic stage of Smart City maturity
  • Shadow IT will be a major source of departmental level innovation but will threaten Smart City roadmaps
  • Mobility will be the key enabler of omni-channel citizen experience
  • The business case for NextGen311 investment will be based on operational performance transformation value, not just customer service
  • Open data sets and open application programming interfaces will start to affect policy decision-making
  • Leading cities will experiment with gamification as first step to nudge citizen behaviour change
  • Worldwide Smart City spending on the Internet of Things will be US$265 billion in 2014
  • Smart Cities will redirect 15-20% of traditional IT spending to the cloud
  • Around 45% of all big data use cases will be in financial performance, public safety, and transportation
  • There will be significant mergers and acquisitions, as well as partnership activity as vendors better define their offerings.

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