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FCW : October 2015
BackStory The big worries about big data Federal agencies are moving warily when it comes to big-data projects. Four in 10 have no big-data plans at present, and just a handful have fully implemented programs. 34 October 2015 FCW.COM Source: Beacon Technology Partners survey for FCW and GCN. This research was underwritten by Unisys Federal Systems. AMONG THOSE AT LEAST CONSIDERING BIG DATA... 28% 18% 38% 16% Investigating Will have in next 12 months Pilot project(s) underway Fully implemented THOSE WITH PROJECTS UNDERWAY HAVE ALREADY SEEN STRAINS: 77% 73% 73% 70% Overall costs Security risks Strains on existing IT infrastructure Difficulty architecting analytics systems Very concerned about... INFRASTRUCTURE IS A BIG CONCERN, AND THOSE CONSIDERING BIG-DATA EFFORTS ARE TAKING STEPS TO SCALE UP: 63% 55% 54% 48% 46% Increase network bandwidth Improve data security Add cloud-based analytic services Add cloud-based storage services Add server hardware In the next 12 months, plan to... THOSE WHO’VE PUT BIG DATA TO WORK DO SEE BENEFITS: 93% 87% 87% 74% 70% Improved decision-making speed and quality Improved ability to predict trends Allowed for better risk quantification Streamlined internal processes Improved planning and forecasting Big-data programs have... 28% say, “It is difficult to demonstrate the value of big-data analytics to my agency’s management.” find the lack of qualified staff to be a major concern. 73% 1015fcw_034.indd 34 10/13/15 3:59 PM
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