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Posted: 6/27/2013 - 6 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Paula Deen and Big Data?

If Big Data were a celebrity chef, I can't work out if it'd be Paula Deen or Rachael Ray. All calories, cholesterol, and color commentary, or cute, affordable, and nutritious? As appetizing aromas waft from the vendor-hype kitchens, everyone wants to know what's on Uncle Sam's Big Data menu?  But, in a government that's short on funds and tired of empty metaphors, let's cut to brass tacks - how much can Big Data save Feds?

MeriTalk just released a new study - Smarter Uncle Sam: The Big Data Forecast. According to feedback from 150 Fed IT execs, better analysis and decision making could slash 14 percent of total Federal spending - that's $500 billion. Remember, Big Data's not just about IT efficiency - it impacts the whole enchilada, from Diversity to DoD. And, cutting beneath the bottom line, the vast majority of Fed IT leaders assert Big Data's not all big talk - 69 percent think it'll make Sam smarter.

Big Plans
Most Feds aren't doing Big Data today. Just one quarter of Fed IT execs have launched a Big Data initiative. Top investment areas - more storage, greater bandwidth, and enhanced data mining.

Big Squeeze
Why have three of four sat on their hands? Money, honey - just 31 percent believe their agency has enough money to fund Big Data.

META-phorically Speaking
Considering strategic priorities, Feds want better meta data - recommending we tag and analyze about 45 percent of all agency data. Tying Big Data to mission, 51 percent said it will improve processes and efficiency, 44 percent flag security benefits, and 31 percent predict better trend prediction.

Big Bust
The study looks beyond Big Data, to provide insight on the Big Bust - mapping Feds’ take on today's sequestration casualties. What's getting amputated? Training, hardware, and software upgrades, as well as new app development. Download the study for the stats on casualties. No wonder vendors are challenged to make quota - seems we're eating our own children.

As we wrestle with ever more constrained budgets, we need to prioritize. Fifty-one percent of Feds assert Big Data will help improve government processes and efficiency. And, with little appetite for new investment, seems Feds will need to cook their own Big Data brisket, bruschetta, or blancmange...

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