Governments across the world have been cautiously making their way into cloud computing solutions after seeing what the technology can do for them as far as money, cost and time savings are concerned. GCN.com listed some of IDC's top trends for government IT in 2013, with their top trend being cloud-created consolidation. Government will accelerate their adoption of cloud services by 50 percent over 2012 levels, and it should account for 7 percent of the IT spending across the U.S. government.

"Operational efficiency and mission effectiveness are the key drivers for IT value in government in 2013," said Thom Rubel, vice president of IDC Government Insights. "Government organizations are rapidly adopting 'third-platform technologies' - which IDC defines as mobile computing, cloud services, social networking and big data analytics --  in tactical ways that will quickly transcend to broader 'smart' strategies,"

Other 2013 government trends, according to the website, include:
- More big data use across agencies
- Social analytics being put to greater use
- Mobile devices will become even more prominent than they currently are

More IT-related spending expected from federal government
IDC recently updated its IT Cloud Services Forecast to say that the cloud will make up $17.4 billion of IT purchases and be a $44 billion market across the board in 2013. The U.S. government, as part of the Cloud First plan, vowed to spend $19 billion of America's $70 billion IT budget, according to TechTarget.

"It's increasingly apparent to everybody that this is a real phenomenon and not entirely marketing hype," Jeff Kaplan, principal analyst at Boston-based consulting firm THINKstrategies, told TechTarget. He added that the best and biggest cloud purchases have yet to come. "[IT buyers] still don't have money to spend on anything. … There is a land grab on right now - the truth is the market hasn't grown as fast as it could have."

The IDC report predicted that cloud computing solutions will account for 27 percent of all new spending, including new products, new technologies and new companies. That means vendors will be trying to better position themselves to make sure they are seen as the best possible option by potential customers. Kaplan said it is now "up to the industry to get out of its own way and let it happen." The market is projected to grow 26 percent each year, but that could rise or fall depending on how this new push pans out.