Cloud computing is about to hit its tween years, but spinning up virtual machines to install MySQL, Oracle or SQL Server to launch a new application is starting to seem a bit like yesterday’s technology.
What’s the problem?
From the beginning, public, private and hybrid clouds offered scalability on demand and the quick setup of virtual servers that may be physically a continent away. Nevertheless, maintaining the software stack on those virtual servers has become a complex, time-consuming and expensive chore that developers and system administrators must (painfully) manage.
U.S. public service agencies are closely eyeing emerging technologies, chiefly advanced analytics and predictive modeling, according to a new report from Accenture, but like their counterparts globally they must address talent and complexity issues before adoption rates will rise.
The report, Emerging Technologies in Public Service, compiled a nine-nation survey of IT officials across all levels of government in policing and justice, health and social services, revenue, border services, pension/Social Security and administration, and was released earlier this week.
With perennially challenging budget environments and fierce competition for funding, government is well known for stretching legacy technology systems past their useful life, and then paying to maintain what should have been put down years before. But it isn’t necessarily the fault of those in government IT. When faced with the dilemma of struggling to procure the latest functional tech or scratching together the funding to simply keep things running status quo, it can be hard to tip the scales in the right direction.
And the rapid pace of technology hasn’t helped this conundrum either. The gravitational pull of the often ill-defined cloud is a prime example of this larger predicament. Cloud technologies offer flexibility and scalability that can help government run programs more efficiently while benefiting from the latest innovations. But the barriers to government adoption of cloud services are considerable. Chief among them is a procurement process built for more traditional on-premise system deployments.
Digital Counties Survey 2016: Winners Make Collaboration, Innovation, Civic Engagement Top Priorities
The results of the 14th Annual Digital Counties Survey are in and that means two things: a new batch of winners after which other counties can model their own digital projects, and new data on the latest trends and forecasts in the gov tech sector.
Key findings of this year’s survey include few surprises and many reinforcements of the narratives found in recent issues of Government Technology. Cybersecurity remains atop the list of project areas where organizations expect to spend more time and energy, while citizen engagement made its first appearance on the list in recent years at the No. 7 spot. A list of this year’s top 10 areas where technology leaders expect to have an increased focus next year can be found below, as compared with priorities from 2015 and 2014.