Tech Trends 2014
A Public Sector Perspective
Emerging technologies continue to present the public sector with a disruptive, yet compelling opportunity to do more with less by helping to drive innovation, inspiration and efficiency. Our annual report places a public sector lens on the 10 technology trends that exemplify the unprecedented potential for emerging technologies to reshape how work gets done, while delivering on the mission and better meeting the needs of constituents over the next 18 to 24 months.
For the first time, we’ve added a section dedicated to exponential technologies, working with Singularity University to highlight five innovative technologies that may take longer than our standard 24-month time horizon for businesses to harness them – but whose eventual impact may be profound. Examples include artificial intelligence, robotics, and additive manufacturing (3-D printing). The research, experimentation, and invention behind these “exponentials” are the building blocks for many of our technology trends. Our goal is to provide a high-level introduction to each exponential – a snapshot of what it is, where it comes from, and where it’s going.
Each of the 2014 trends is relevant today. Each has significant momentum and potential to make a business impact. And each warrants timely consideration – even if the strategy is to wait and see. But whatever you do, don’t be caught unaware – or unprepared. Use these forces to inspire, to transform. And to disrupt.