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They're back! IDC's 2014 smart cities predictions

The 2013 predictions put together by the smart cities team at IDC Government Insights were a hot topic with SCC site visitors last year, so you probably shouldn't miss the smart cities predictions they came up with for 2014. As the team's Research Director Ruthbea Yesner Clarke puts it: "This is going to be a big year for smart cities." Scroll down to see why she says that and if you agree. (If you think they are spot on – or you think they've got something wrong – feel free to use the Comment form at the bottom of the page to log your thoughts.)

1 – In 2014, 15% of cities in the world will be in the opportunistic stage of smart city maturity.

2 – Shadow IT will be a major source of departmental level innovation but will threaten smart city roadmaps.

3 – The key enabler of omni-channel citizen experience will be mobile.

4 – The business case for NextGen311 investment will be based on operational performance transformation value and not just customer service.

5 – Open data sets and open APIs will start to affect policy decision-making.

6 – Leading-edge cities experiment with gamification as first step to nudge citizen behavior change.

7 – Worldwide smart city spending on the Internet of Things will be $265 billion in 2014.

8 – In 2014, smart cities will redirect 15-20% of traditional IT spending to the cloud.

9 – 45% of all big data use cases will be in financial performance, public safety and transportation.

10 – Competition heats up and there is significant M&A and partnership activity as vendors better define their offerings.

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