The private sector is already deploying cutting-edge technologies, but the public sector is still struggling to implement to seemingly straightforward issues. Today, the government is running ahead to support the technology that drives the next economic paradigm shift with funding and incentives. The federal government’s ongoing travails with Phoenix pay system upgrade was designed to save $70 million per annum, but it is estimated at $1 billion to fix. This is just an assumption of public sector challenges, with large-scale information technology projects.
Governments have to be aware of the latest technologies. AI, augmented reality, and blockchain technologies are disrupting all the industries quickly than ever before. Government leaders should know the importance of such technologies to continue staying ahead of the curve. As the sources are minimal, how the government leaders identify the technologies, approach them and apply them to mitigate the threats has become the bigger challenge. Push innovation is the best approach, by which new technology is identified and then finding the ways it can be applied. By this approach, government organizations can keep abreast of emerging technologies.
Horizon scanning is a network-driven method that is applied in identifying the emerging technologies by systematically analyzing the trends. This recommends seeking out the future technologies that include the detailed analysis of societal, technological, economic, legal, and ethical grounds and maintains constant awareness of technology space to inform impactful breakthroughs. It is mandatory to determine how solutions are implemented to achieve an organization’s mission once the solutions are identified. For this, evaluation is required regarding how these solutions are implemented in other industrial sectors. Emerging Citizen Technology Atlas, is an open source for emerging technologies like blockchain, augmented reality, and AI.
Innovative thoughts often fail when they are tested inefficiently or without proper knowledge. As the citizens adapt to a digital living, there are higher expectations of governments’ technological advancements. Public sectors are under pressure constantly, to meet the requirements and demands of government missions with limited budgets; adopting trendy technologies can be highly challenging. Digital technologies make public sectors more publicly accountable and raise pressure for transparency.