The 2018 Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) deadlines for data center closures have been officially extended to 2020. That’s a good thing, as MeriTalk’s latest research found that fewer than one in five Federal data center leaders say their agency was on track to meet their DCOI goals for that 2018 deadline. MeriTalk’s “Data Center 2020” study looked at what’s still holding agencies back, and steps data center leaders are taking to get into a better position for success.  






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Data analytics professionals in the Federal government advised new data analytics teams to earn credibility in their agencies by finding a real-life problem and fixing it. “Pick someone in the C-suite that has a solvable problem and go do it,” said Kevin Garrison, chief of analytics at the Department of Defense, at MeriTalk’s big data webinar.






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As adoption of cloud services increases across Federal agencies, it is logical to assume that cloud spending will increase as well. However, a new report from IDC Insights indicates a decrease in cloud spending in fiscal year 2017.






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Most Federal agencies that have Chief Data Officers like having them, and those without CDOs want them. MeriTalk issued a report on Dec. 12 revealing that 88 percent of agencies with a CDO said these officials are making a positive impact, and 93 percent of agencies without a CDO said having one would be beneficial. The report, titled “Calling the Plays: The Evolving Role of the CDO and Federal Big Data,” was underwritten by ViON.






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