PTI makes 2012 local government IT predictions

The Public Technology Institute released its list of “What’s Out and What’s In?” technology predictions for 2012 based on interviews with local government IT executives and vendors who service city and county governments.

For the most part, the lists are no-brainers with the exception of “CIO as Chief Innovation Officer” and “Mobile apps for information” trends.

As I’ve written before, innovation shouldn’t be departmentalized or pegged to one person, but should be encouraged based on clearly defined roles and objectives. As far as mobile applications are concerned, they’ll proliferate, but lean, smart governments will begin to build mobile-friendly websites or open their data for others to develop off, rather than invest in separate platforms and build multiple applications in-house.

Any comments on the predictions?


  • CIO as Chief Information Officer
  • E-Government
  • Custom software apps
  • Windows 7
  • Virtual reality
  • iOS (not really!)
  • Netbooks
  • PCs
  • Power through owning
  • Proprietary
  • Government owned data centers
  • Outdated emergency plans
  • Websites for information
  • Professionalized
  • BYOBottle


  • CIO as Chief Innovation Officer
  • M-Government
  • Software as a service
  • Windows 8
  • Augmented reality
  • Android OS
  • Tablets
  • Ultrabooks with touchscreens
  • WiFi
  • Power through sharing
  • Open Source
  • Cloud computing
  • Energy Assurance Plans
  • Mobile apps for information
  • Consumerized
  • BYODevice

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2 Responses

  1. I think the this year will show the rise of volunteer civic hacker organizations 2011 showed what volunteers could do with things like @chilobbyists. With Code for America’s new Brigade program I think we’ll see efforts like this accelerate. 


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