Data-analytics adoption is growing across government, and many agencies are starting to see the tangible benefits that data-driven decision-making can have, not only on their operations, but on the citizens they serve. As the amount of data continues to explode, technology promises to make analytics faster, smarter, more accessible and, ultimately, more valuable. The complexities involved in harnessing that data, however, remain a constant challenge.
The amount of data the government collects is massive to the point of being intimidating. And while an overwhelming instinct among agencies to “do more” – in terms of hardware, memory, coding and disk space – is pervasive, in the end those efforts will only complicate analysis and make it that much harder to glean valuable insights. While it may seem counterintuitive, simplicity is critical when handling high volumes of information. The question, “How can we simplify?” should be at the core of every decision agencies make regarding every aspect of their IT infrastructure: