Government Faces a Big Data Challenge
The amount of data being collected, analyzed and stored by government agencies is growing exponentially, and it's creating a challenge for IT departments as agencies struggle to scale their systems and make those bits and bites useful. "The Big Data Gap," a new report from MeriTalk, sponsored by NetApp, takes a look at how agencies are managing big data and the challenges they face. "Government has a gold mine of data at its fingertips," said Mark Weber, president of U.S. Public Sector for NetApp. "The key is turning that data into high-quality information that can increase efficiencies and inform decisions. Agencies need to look at big data solutions that can help them efficiently process, analyze, manage and access data, enabling them to more effectively execute their missions." The report is based on a survey of 151 Federal government CIOs and IT managers conducted in March 2012.