2014 – WashingtonExec Annual Market Outlook Series
As we turn the page on 2013, we look forward to a new year and new opportunities for innovation and growth in the government contracting community. This past year we experienced budget sequestration, a 16-day-long government shutdown, and a perpetually increasing focus on cyber security and healthcare IT.
WashingtonExec reached out to those most knowledgeable and experienced individuals in the federal contracting space. We asked executives in and around the beltway for insight regarding where they see the government contracting community headed in 2014. Topics discussed include M&A activity, cloud computing, healthcare IT, defense, mobility, and more.
Tom Suder, the President and Founder of Mobilegov, gave us five predictions:
1) Mobile-first and mobile-only will dominate all new government systems.
2) The mobility market will continue to consolidate. The year started with Citrix buying the Mobile Device Management (MDM) maker Zenprise and recently Interlink, that makes the MaaS 360 by Fiberlink, was purchased by IBM.
The next area that is ripe for that is the Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) space. These companies act as middle-ware for app development –lots of players, not enough potential customers. Firms like AnyPresence, Parallel 6 and MoovWeb are leaders in the federal market. It will be a race to grab market share and increase capabilities.
3) Native and hybrid apps will trump Web apps for Enterprise Applications. HTML doesn’t give the necessary security and performance for “doing your job kind of apps”. This is an issue especially in a disconnected state.
4) APIs will continue to untangle complicated enterprise government systems.
5) Tablets will be on every 3rd desk in the government as adoption will shadow the consumer side.