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The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the Impact on Information Technology

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The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and the Impact on Information Technology

John Vester discusses the potential impact that the 2016 U.S. Presidential election will have on IT. How will this affect us?

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The dust has settled for the very dynamic 2016 Presidential election in the United States. For those who might not have been on the planet during the last few weeks, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in an unexpected upset. An upset that has caused quite a bit of public outcry since November 8, 2016.

This article is not going to dive deeper into the election or the fallout since the ballots have been tallied. Instead, I am going to take a look at the potential impact on IT as a result of the new President taking office in early 2017.

Full Control: But What Does That Mean for IT?

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For the first time in quite a long time, the president-elect will start his first term as President of the United States with a GOP-led House of Representatives and Senate. Those of a political nature recognize this is a rare chance for Trump to answer his promise to "Make America Great Again."

What impact does this scenario have on IT? If Trump is successful with implementing his campaign promises, IT should benefit from his agenda. Trump wants to jumpstart America, which should pave the way for increased budgets within the technology segment. These budgets could be utilized via full-time expansion, leveraging of professional services, or seeking new technical solutions.

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Trump has indicated that he will ask Congress for a full repeal of Obamacare in his first 100 days of office. Setting the realistic discussion aside, I believe that IT could thrive if this promise comes true. Mostly in the consulting and government space, there will be a lot of work required in order to handle all the technical aspects of repealing all or part of Obamacare.

I think back to projects I have participated in simply to migrate from a legacy application to a new application where goals and deadlines are negotiable. In this case, I have the feelings dates will be forced onto this situation, requiring a significant investment in technology resources to satisfy the demand.

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Trump has indicated that he will impose tariffs on goods produced outside of the United States. Again, setting aside the ability to implement this promise, this scenario should drive technology in a positive manner.

As an example, manufacturers who opt to stay in the United States (instead of moving out of the country) could leverage their investment in IT in order to eliminate deficiencies and improve business processes.

Conclusion

When asked my political preference, my answer has always been, "I am really not a political person." In fact, I truly wish there was a way to go back in time and swap the winning candidate with the losing candidate, then roll forward to see just how different our world would be as a result. My thinking has always wondered if there would be a significant difference since we've had a history of career politicians running the United States. Given Trump has not been a career politician, I am not sure my thought process would hold true at this point. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Certainly, time will tell.

As an IT professional are you excited, eager, worried, scared or unemotional as a result of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election? I would enjoy hearing your thoughts in the comments section.

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