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QI m not in IT, so why should I care about big data analytics? In my experience, there are many business questions that go unanswered. More times than I can count I ve heard senior business people say, "I wish I knew." Big data analyt- ics o ers insights into aspects of your business so you can make better decisions. Q OK, but what if I ignore big data analytics? A Do so at your peril. In today s environment of seques- tration and increased citizen demands, big data analyt- ics can help you "compete." You can more quickly identify threats to your program and discover new op- portunities to improve. You can drive citizen satisfac- tion and better identify patterns that suggest errors, fraud, waste, and abuse. Q I m convinced. Now what? e rst step is to understand your desired outcome. Why does your program exist? What does success look like? What challenges are you facing? Who is a ected by success or failure? Do not make the mistake of im- mediately jumping to the technology; there will be plenty of time for that later. Next, identify gaps in your knowledge. What questions would you ask that would o er better insights and drive more e ective decisions? ink deep and stretch. Remember, the biggest value in a big data analytics project comes from answering the previously unanswerable. One last step before heading over to IT is to be able to articulate how you and your team will engage with information. For example, would your project or program bene t from the ability to it- eratively ask questions, allowing your team to explore in new directions, or are your needs more focused on generating reports? Or do you need both? Q I went to IT, and their answer was Hadoop. Is that a good answer? A Hadoop is a great tool when deployed properly. Is it the right answer for your project? at depends. Re- sponses to the questions above are useful in determin- ing if Hadoop is appropriate. Our experience shows that many fully-realized big data analytics projects in- clude Hadoop as part of the tool kit. Other candidates for inclusion are an integrated data warehouse (IDW) and a user-friendly discovery platform that allows a wider audience the ability to interact with data. QWhat kind of results can I expect from an investment in big data? A You can expect to a ect costs, time, productivity, satis- faction, and many other factors. Here are a few exam- ples we ve discovered: - ect is saving the state $365 million annually. For example, the state reduced the number of lead poisoning cases by 35 percent from 2003 to 2007, and increased the number of Medicaid-enrolled three-year-olds screened for lead from below 50 per- increased family reuni cations by 34 percent among temporary court wards over a nine month period. data analytics are helping prevent approximately $95 million in improper payments per year for one program alone. state of Missouri with more than $2 million a month in increased revenue. A A Questions to Ask Before Buying Big Data Tools For more information on big data analytics, watch video teradata.com/ big-data-analytics-landscape Bobby Caudill Program director, Gover nment Industry Marketing and Solutions Teradata Corp.
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