The government is about efficiency. Okay, you can stop laughing now and get serious. It actually is. When you spend taxpayers’ money, everything you do is scrutinized. So much so that you spend money to watch the money that you are spending. If you got that then you’re ahead of the game.
Efficiency could mean spending less money on managing government technology infrastructure or making government employees more productive. Three technology trends are at the heart of making this a reality and they are converging rapidly to create a mega-effect on government technology investments of the future:
- Cloud computing
- Mobile computing
- Big data analytics
Cloud computing will be the foundation of pay-by-the-drink models for everything in the government – software, infrastructure, services – all of which will lead to lower cost of ownership. This will require a sea of change in government acquisition strategy that will need to make it through a generation of new contracts and re-competes to take root in the government.
There is no denying mobile computing in the government. It is going to dramatically improve productivity by allowing government employees to work on any screen, when they want, where they want. More importantly, email access will cease to be the killer app for mobile devices.
Apps that harness the power of data and make information and insight available through sophisticated algorithms and predictive analytics to accomplish mission goals are going to be the most valuable. The combination of these three trends will ultimately enable agencies to make better decisions, while improving productivity and lowering technology acquisition costs.
Sam Ganga, President, Global Mobility Services & Mobile Innovations Officer