"Technology is a system based on the application of knowledge, manifested in physical objects and organizational forms for the attainment of specific goals,”according to Rudi Volti, technology expert at Pitzer College. In government, these goals include the support of mission-critical operations, and through research and development, the discovery of new problems needing attention. Thus, technology is always changing, and predicting key trends for the coming year is no easy feat.
The Government Business Council (GBC), the research and analysis division of Government Executive Media Group, has accepted this challenge, combing through our own archives and those of our talented editorial teams at Government Executive and Nextgov to track the shift of technology investment in the federal government. Our research has turned up six technologies that will have staying power in 2013 and beyond: big data, data center consolidation, health IT, mobility, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.