Why does IT procurement in government have to take so long and be so hard? How can we be confident that we’re making the right IT investments, especially for the long term? And which of today’s IT strategies will best position our government for the future? These are fundamental questions asked by government CIOs and the stakeholders who hold them accountable for IT investments and deployments. They reflect the challenges inherent in government IT, including large and complex projects, lengthy and rule-driven purchasing processes, and unique measures of value compared to the private sector. This how-to guide will help CIOs, IT managers and other technical executives within all levels of government formulate answers to these fundamental questions. Broken into four strategies for better government IT investments, this guide will also highlight new ways of planning and managing IT projects so they are simpler and faster to procure, deliver the desired value when implemented and position government for a future of continual technology change.