Obama's focus on government transparency and accountability will largely drive adoption of geospatial technologies, Peterson said. With government agencies looking for ways to better inform the public, maps seem like a good way to track government projects and spending, she said.
"Geospatial systems are the easiest way for the administration to share that data with you and me," she said.
Input's report on emerging government technologies is based on surveys with federal and IT industry professionals. Nearly half of those surveyed said the five technologies listed in the report will have a major impact their technology environments, despite concerns over security and up-front costs, Input said.