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Study Profiles State and Local Government Investment in Mobility Technologies

July 23, 2007  | 

CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators, has launched the fourth in a series of the State & Local Government Technology Investment Curve (TIC), an assessment of state and local government purchasing behavior since 2003.

This edition of the TIC maps all potential state, county, and city government customers against four years of CDW-G customer data on a range of mobility technologies, such as notebooks, non-wireless handhelds, and wireless communication devices. Encompassing all 50 states, more than 100,000 products, and 1,000 manufacturers, the TIC provides the most accurate, unbiased assessment of state and local government technology investment currently available.

Of all 50 states, Utah and Wisconsin are the lead investors in mobility technologies. Utah leads the states with a mobility investment profile 257 percent higher than the average, and Wisconsin follows with an investment profile 210 percent higher than the average. These lead investor states demonstrate significant, committed investment in mobility technologies at all levels of government and over the entire four-year assessment. Utah and Wisconsin are followed in mobility technology investment by early investors California, New York, Oregon, and Colorado, with mobility investment profiles between 114 percent and 73 percent higher than average. Next in investment are 12 early majority states, led by Virginia, Washington, Ohio, and Maryland.

Mobility technologies enable state and local government employees to send and receive information and complete tasks in the field. The TIC analysis includes four mobility technology categories: wireless notebooks, Apple notebooks, non-wireless handhelds, and wireless communication devices. Mobility technologies enable state and local governments to improve emergency response times and employee productivity, bring services to citizens where they live and work, and eliminate paper-based processes.

The CDW-G State & Local TIC for mobility technologies is not an assessment of leadership in mobility technology or quality of deployments. Rather, the curve is a quantitative, relative index of investment in mobility technologies. Mobility technology investment is a single component of the people, processes, and technologies required to bring data and applications directly to employees in the field, improve public safety, eliminate the need to return to offices to complete tasks, and improve continuity of operations capabilities.

The State & Local TIC for mobility technologies has a margin of error of less than two percent. The full study is available for download and review at http://www.cdwg.com/tic.

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