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Big data is a big driver behind many data center trans- formations. Here are some best practices that can help you get the most out of your foray into data mining. ig data is big right now. It can help organizations make in- formed decisions, cut waste, uncover fraud and solve problems. It's especially useful for managers looking to reduce energy use in their centers, said Alex Rossino, principal research analyst at Deltek. "The Department of Defense, for instance, is looking at big data as a potential requirement for its Defense Enterprise Computing Centers," he said. However, there are few, if any, road maps for chief information of cers who are looking to create a big data strategy from scratch, especially around data center resources and management. Here are ve steps to propel a big data strategy forward. 1) Define the mission objective and scope. Will the project be a one-time program or the foundation for one that's going to be expanded and used on an ongoing basis? 2) Develop the business case. To secure funding, provide the return on investment for the project. This could mean how much money you expect to save or how much waste, abuse or fraud you expect to eliminate. In the data center, you'll need to gather statistics on energy use and management costs, and extrapolate how much you can save by becoming as lean as possible. 3) Create and outline the technology requirements. Assess what storage and comput- ing resources and data mining and analysis tools are already in place, and determine the type of exist- ing data and what will need to be analyzed. Several technology elements that are often overlooked during the evaluation process include data quality tools, which allow organiza- tions to ferret out data mistakes and inaccuracies and make data easier to analyze and use, and extract, transform and load tools, which handle data and data life cycle management and archiving. 4) Solicit information from vendors and providers. Issue a request for information on the General Services Administra- tion's Federal Business Opportuni- ties website, FedBizOpps.gov, de- tailing what your agency is looking to accomplish, a statement of work and delivery dates, Rossino said. 5) Evaluate your options. Before implementing the strategy, check your choices against the mission objectives. Do they meet the criteria of the mission? Also compare them to the line of busi- ness to ensure usability. "If 70 percent of [government information technology] budgets are being used to maintain legacy systems and you use precious funding to support a project that fails, you're going to have a problem," Rossino said. Sponsored Report NEXT GENERATION DATA CENTER 5 Steps to Big Data Success FULL REPORT ONLINE Go to FCW.com/2013NextGenDC
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