The Rudd Government, under pressure to put downward pressure on interest rates, is expected to announce a range of spending cuts in next week's Federal Budget. A number of cuts have already been announced that impact Federal ICT spending (Access Card etc), but others are almost certain to be announced on Budget night.
ICT expenditure is rarely mentioned specifically in the Treasurer’s speech or in the associated budget papers. A forensic analysis of this material is required to tease out the ICT implications of the budget.
Intermedium will analyse all aspects of the budget and assess the ICT implications of general spending cuts and cuts to programs, and well as any new program announcements.
Even in what is widely expected to be a tough budget, there will be some areas of new spending, and they will have an ICT component. Ironically, even the winding up of programs can provide ICT opportunities.
We'll consider the post-budget landscape and identify tangible ICT opportunities, and well as areas of the market that might be adversely affected:
- Are there any budget announcements that will translate into ICT opportunities?
- What's going on in individual agencies after the budget?
- What is the outlook for the market for the remainder of 2008 and beyond?
- How should suppliers position themselves in the post-budget environment?