The 10 technologies that will drive public-sector IT
The General Services Administration has whittled down its list of leading-edge technologies for the Alliant 2 governmentwide acquisition contract. The initial list issued in December 2014 was consolidated and refined after extensive discussions with industry and released in a request for information on July 14.
These 10 technologies define what GSA believes will be central agencies' IT service needs in the coming years:
- Artificial intelligence describes the intelligence exhibited by computers or software to perceive the environment and take actions that maximize success.
- Autonomic computing controls the functioning of applications and systems without input from the user.
- Big data management ensures that voluminous amounts of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data can be mined for information.
- Biometrics technologies measure and analyze human body characteristics often for authentication.
- Cloud computing, which includes infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service.
- Cybersecurity technologies that protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.
- Health information technology covering the storage, retrieval, sharing and use of health care information.
- The Internet of Things describes a scenario in which objects with unique identifiers transmit data over a network.
- Mobile IT refers to IT services delivery to employees working on mobile devices.
- Virtual networking technology facilitates the control of one or more remotely located computers or servers over the Internet.
Comments, suggestions or questions concerning the definitions of the revised leading-edge technologies should be sent via email@example.com no later than July 28, 2015.
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