Two Technology Trends that could Transform the Federal Government

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Market research company Input has released a report identifying cloud computing and geospatial technologies as two technology trends that are set to transform the federal government. In the same vein, last year Federal CIO Vivek Kundra announced the launch of Apps.gov, a GSA-operated Web site that government agencies can use to both install and purchase cloud computing applications.

Ultimately, Input’s study shows that the federal cloud computing market will grow from $370 million in 2009 to $1.2 billion in 2014. The federal government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will require agencies that do not employ cloud computing solutions to explain why before they obtain funds from the fiscal 2012 budget. By 2013, federal agencies will need to create reports for the OMB showing how they plan to move to cloud computing.

Over the same timeframe, the federal market for geospatial technology is expected to increase from $860 million to $1.4 billion. Manufacturers designing mobile computers for the Federal Government’s use are continually looking to leverage geospatial technology for situational awareness, safety, modern warfare, etc. An article from Geospatial Intelligence Forum discussed the Army Intelligence and Security Command’s (INSCOM) reliance on geospatial technology and applications:

“Now more than ever, U.S. military and civilian leaders around the world rely on accurate, timely and focused intelligence information to make strategic and tactical real-time decisions that directly impact military and civilian personnel in hundreds of locations worldwide. This has never been more critical to mission success than today, as hundreds of thousands of military, civil service and contract employees are deployed globally supporting contingency and strategic military operations.”

Panasonic Solutions Company has been at the forefront of technological change since 1993, adapting to the mission-critical needs of its customers. With extensive embedded wireless capabilities, Toughbook computers are optimal tools for cloud computing and geospatial applications. We will continue working hand-in-hand with federal and military customers to take advantage of new trends and keep them prepared, informed and safe.