Is government starting to live on the intelligent edge?

Tom O'Keefemobility, government, intelligent edgeThe proliferation of smart phones and other mobile devices is finally starting to be felt by the government.

By December 2016, mobile traffic made up 43 percent of traffic to government websites, up from 36 percent the year before, according to a study by Digital Government. The government expects this trend to continue, but what does this shift mean for both government and citizen end users?

To understand this shift, we need to start talking about the intelligent edge, which is all about analyzing and adapting to how users are now consuming the internet. Nearly half of internet traffic is via smart phones or other mobile devices these days, as opposed to traditional computing devices. That means that websites are increasingly optimized to be viewed on smaller form-factor devices like phones and tablets.

Government has ongoing needs to take legacy websites and applications and adapt them for mobile users and will look to leverage public and hybrid cloud environments to host them. Also, increasing amounts of data about how citizens interact via mobile devices will need to be collected and analyzed to discover how government can improve the user experience and identify efficiencies that can save time and money.

So what technologies are going to live within the intelligent edge? Analytics technologies are going to be among the key needs for agencies to make sense of the data at the perimeter of their network, particularly analytics technologies that can do more with less processing power. These technologies will need to live in the cloud, since that’s where much of the interaction with the citizen and the government will occur.

Technology vendors need to position themselves with value propositions that emphasize their cloud, analytics and user experience benefits and bring that story to your government customers.

You’ll hear even more on the intelligent edge and the evolving cloud and user experience at the 4th Annual Government IT Sales Summit. Click here to learn more and to register.

About Tomas O'Keefe
Tom O'Keefe has over 10 years of market research experience as an Analyst and Consultant in the federal space. He also earned an MA in Political Science from George Mason University. He has covered both civilian and defense agencies and has presented to clients ranging from junior-level associates to executives from some of the largest Systems Integrators and contractors in the federal marketplace.

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