What Is the Future of Data Analytics in Government?

07 Jul

What Is the Future of Data Analytics in Government?

According to the latest Deloitte Technology Trend report, data analytics is one of the top eight trends poised to transform the Federal government. Every day, government agencies produce massive amounts of data. It can be difficult to organize, manage and extract insights from these large, diverse data sets. However, applying self-serving, automated solutions to tackle daily tasks like data input and reporting can drive dramatic efficiencies and improve the successful performance of mission goals. Data analytics can even help alleviate pain points such as staff shortages and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse.

In selecting the right solutions to meet their needs, government leaders need to look for technologies that are in line with other imperatives such as Big Data, Cloud, and Shared-First.

(Secure) Cloud-based Tools Will Become the Norm

Public cloud services like Amazon Web Services' government cloud offering are making waves across government agencies. While cloud deployments were originally initiated to contain costs by enabling the sharing of services and storage, innovative companies have started leveraging cloud infrastructure to create solutions that are more flexible, scalable, and adaptable.

When evaluating cloud-based technologies, it’s important to take into account  compliance and security programs like FedRAMP and prioritize accredited vendors.

Data Analytics ≠ Data Scientists

If a solution is too complicated to access and operate in “raw” form a.k.a. without an army of consultants and support staff, it is likely not going to be used effectively to its fullest capacity by end-users. In the past, government IT departments were synonymous with red tape and lack of agility.  Today, government CIOs are looking to break the mold by adopting user-friendly, intuitive tools that allow employees to work faster, more effectively, and without unwarranted complexity.

The Need for Faster, Free-form Visualizations

Only a few years ago, building visual representations of data required software development expertise to code, run and then confirm the accuracy of the visual with the end-user. Today, whether the objective is to tailor dashboards or to better illustrate reports, customizable visualizations go hand-in-hand with analytics.

Doubling down on business intelligence tools is no longer optional for government leaders. More informed and effective government operations will lead to better allocation of budgets, less duplication of resources, and a more engaged workforce.

Email us at contactus@netcomm.net for more insights and best practices on how to get started with applying data analytics in your agency.