Booz Allen Surveys Agencies on Big Data Potential; Mark Herman Comments

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More than a third of federal managers believe they are moving in the right direction in implementing big data within their organizations, a survey from Booz Allen Hamilton and the Government Business Council says.

Booz Allen released the survey results Tuesday, saying 37 percent of respondents are confident in their current big data trajectory and 75 percent believe big data can transform their respective agency’s operations.

The company and the council surveyed federal employees and sought feedback from 313 Defense Department civilian and military leaders for the report, “Turning Optimism into Reality: How Big Data Can Transform Government.”

“As organizations consider how to fully unlock the value of the massive amount of data available to them, an important — but often overlooked — element is defining a big data strategy,” said Mark Herman, a Booz Allen executive vice president.

Eighteen percent of managers believe they have complete proficiency in using big data and 47 percent believe their agency does not currently have the technical skills to understand how to use big data.

“Big data has very much become a buzzword for possibility in government, but identifying concrete steps to make it have a significant return on investment is a challenge,” said Dana Grinshpan, research manager at the Government Business Council.

“Our results show some fascinating insights on the gaps between the excitement about big data and the reality of making it work for federal agencies,” she added.

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