Over here at Government Technology we like to keep track of the companies that offer technology to government. Given the name, it’s kind of our thing.
And we’ve found some pretty good ways to do that. We get a good overview of what states, counties and cities are doing every year, and we keep tabs on what new products are coming out and how government is working creatively to solve problems.
But that’s all high-level stuff. What about the deep, turbulent sea that is the Internet’s app stores?
I don’t mean the kind of app store you go to if you want to download a sudoku app. No, I mean the super-businessy app marketplaces. The enterprise app marketplaces.
See, the big cloud computing providers out there all have their own app stores, which largely cater to … well, the kind of people who use cloud computing. Developers. Business leaders. Nonprofits. Government IT folks.
And these app marketplaces are not easy beasts to wrangle. But I took a stab at it.
The graphic above shows how many results each marketplace returned when searching for “government.” It’s far from a perfect method for understanding the offerings for government here, but it’s a start. In short, these results begin to show how much functionality there is for the public sector in these marketplaces.
It is by no means a reflection of how useful each app marketplace is for government. There are a lot of caveats. Let’s walk through some of them:
So why even write this article? Well, because there are a lot of interesting apps in there. Even in the marketplaces that are full of irrelevant results. Here are some that caught my eye:
Folksonomy Text Analysis: “With massive archives of structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data, our Folksonomy system applies intelligent tags to your data so you can get immediate answers to any query.”
HomeKeeper: “Integrate program management with performance measurement. Centralize management (for) your affordable homeownership and inclusionary programs … Manage housing counseling sessions and workshops and send 9902 reports to HUD.”
IBM MobileFirst for iOS Case Advice: “With one central place to access case history, perform assessments, and update data, IBM MobileFirst for iOS Case Advice offers remote social service workers resources while on the road.”
WizzForms: “WizzForms is a powerful application used to auto-populate the information stored on a driver’s license, state ID or passport directly into ANY field entry program, such as MS Excel, Access, Outlook, QuickBooks, ERP systems, CRM software, and any type of web form. *Image capture available with WizzForms Plus version.”
AppSheet: “Start with a Google Form and create your own mobile app with AppSheet. The apps can collect different inputs including photos, signatures, GPS location, and scanned barcodes. The app can grow to be much richer than a single form!”
piXserve-ECs (Government Version): “Enterprise-class server application that automatically indexes and tags the contents of images (objects, faces, scenes, text). Through a web based user interface, users search and retrieve pictures that contain items of interest.”
Ben Miller is the business beat staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.