E President Trump Wants To Upgrade The Government’s IT; Microsoft Should Benefit

​President Donald Trump wants to modernize the information technology systems of the federal government and signed an executive order to do just that. The initiative is in the early stages but there will likely be winners in this push including the likes of Microsoft (MSFT), International Business Machines (IBM) and Apple (AAPL) to name a few.

Earlier this week the White House confirmed the executive order that creates the American Technology Council. In the executive order Trump said “Americans deserve better digital services from their Government.  To effectuate this policy, the Federal Government must transform and modernize its information technology and how it uses and delivers digital services.”

Under the order, around twenty technology Chief Executives will meet at the White House in early June to discuss ways to improve the Federal government’s information technology. The American Technology Council is being headed up by Microsoft’s former Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell, who is currently the White House director of strategic initiatives. The White House hasn’t said which technology CEOs will take part in the meeting or which firms it will tap to overhaul its IT systems. But if the past is any indication, expect to see Microsoft, IBM and Apple front and center at the meetings. After all, ever since President Trump’s surprise victory, several technology CEOs have met with President Trump including those from Apple, Facebook, Alphabet (GOOGL), the parent company of Google, IBM, Microsoft and Tesla (TSLA).

Microsoft Has An Ally

With Microsoft’s former CFO Liddell heading up the initiative it’s likely the Redmond, Washington software behemoth will play a role, which could be a boon to Microsoft. After all Microsoft is increasingly moving beyond its legacy businesses  and into the cloud where it is acting as a data hosting center for  businesses and is creating cloud versions of its software.   In Microsoft’s most recent quarterly earnings report, which it announced in late April, Azure, its hosting business (which competes with Amazon Web Services) saw revenue close to double and sales growth jump 93 percent. Shares of Microsoft have been climbing ever since it disclosed in October Azure had revenue growth of 116 percent. In April Microsoft acquired San Francisco software startup Deis, giving Microsoft’s Azure cloud service increasingly popular container technologies.

But it’s not only Microsoft that stands to benefit from this new executive order. IBM has a booming services business and could help the federal government integrate new technology while Google’s cloud services and software could also be used within the government. It’s not clear what if any role Tesla would play in this new initiative or if Amazon (AMZN) will be a part of it. Amazon’s Chief Executive Jeff Bezos was among the more outspoken and critical technology executives on President Trump with Bezos famously saying in a Tweet during the run up to the election he would gladly send Trump to outer space.  
 

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Farah Kincaid 2 years ago Member's comment

Donna Fuscaldo, thanks for the article. Any other companies you think might benefit from these efforts? You've mentioned the obvious choices, but I suspect there might be some smaller, lesser known companies which could likely get a boost. For example, cyber security firms,

Donna Fuscaldo 2 years ago Author's comment

I'm sure there will be a lot to go around including for small tech companies!

Dean Gilmore 2 years ago Member's comment

Just another good reason to invest in the tech sector!

Gary Anderson 2 years ago Contributor's comment

You know, some of the old stuff has better security than the new stuff. AS 400 is used by some prosperous businesses just because it is secure. Upgrading stuff so the Russians can listen in would not be progress. Nice article though.

Donna Fuscaldo 2 years ago Author's comment

Thanks!

Craig Newman 2 years ago Member's comment

Excellent point. But the thought that our nuclear forces are coordinated by "8-inch floppy disks" is shocking to me. Reading that above was a real eye-opener. Clearly an upgrade is needed.

Dick Kaplan 2 years ago Member's comment

While the industry as a whole will likely benefit from this executive order, it is really too early to tell if $IBM, $MSFT or any other specific company will benefit.

Angry Old Lady 2 years ago Member's comment

While true, I think $IBM and $MSFT are two likely beneficiaries. And I think the author is correct that any company, such as $AMZN which has criticized #Trump will likely be excluded from consideration.

Ayelet Wolf 2 years ago Member's comment

I agree. #Trump has very thin skin and seems to hold a grudge. #Bezos and #Amazon can kiss any deal good bye. $AMZN.

Harry Goldstein 2 years ago Member's comment

Keep in mind that while Trump may have signed the executive order. It doesn't mean that he'll be the one hand picking which companies are involved with the various upgrades. Those decisions will likely be delegated to others.

Carol Klein 2 years ago Member's comment

Knowing #Trump, he'll probably only hire companies with which he has a vested personal interest.