CHICAGO, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Big data, transparency and mobility are frequently heard technology buzz terms, but what do they truly mean for government entities? McGladrey's Using technology to your advantage: Three government trends in 2014 explains that organizations must fully understand how each can impact operations, what questions to ask and how to set priorities, evaluate options, establish budgets and allocate the right resources.
Government organizations typically manage a massive amount of data and must analyze information, sometimes from hundreds of different systems. The potential for increased data analysis through new technology and business intelligence initiatives can help enable better decision making and service to the community.
In the past, government agencies published financial reports on a periodic, or even annual basis. However, with more access to data, citizens desire more insight into how funds are spent and what issues are being addressed. Several large cities are providing increased access and data through their websites, but the technology is available on a smaller scale to any public sector organization.
Mobility has added a layer of complexity to your data systems, and you must make information transparent and available in mobile formats for both employees and citizens. Increased implementation of cloud platforms and mobile applications provide data access anytime and anywhere, increasing organizational efficiency and effectiveness of communication with constituents.
These technology trends are changing the game for government organizations, raising expectations, increasing risks and opening up exciting opportunities for process improvements. However, organizations must undergo an assessment of needs and capabilities and develop a strategic road map to manage priorities, budget and resources. Learn more insight in McGladrey's Using technology to your advantage: Three government trends in 2014.