Shaun Bierweiler, vice president and general manager of Cloudera’s government solutions business, wrote in a blog post published Monday that federal agencies need a standalone data strategy to ensure security and maintain control over data.
“A standalone data strategy is necessary for agencies to not only avoid vendor lock-in, but create a more robust policy that takes hardware, software and containerization into consideration,” Bierweiler wrote.
He cited the factors agencies need to consider to come up with a data strategy, including the right skill sets and culture.
Bierweiler said a standalone data strategy could help agencies develop standards, create opportunities for data sharing and advance a more efficient workforce.
“As agencies prioritize cloud migration to maximize resources and efficiency, it’s critical to make the most of the data central to cloud success,” Bierweiler wrote. “Leveraging the resources within an independent data strategy will only help the federal government to better utilize data assets to advance their missions, protect and manage data efficiently, and better serve citizens—now and in the future."