Government Braces For Big Data
Petabytes of information are accumulating across government: military veterans' genomics data, climate records dating to the 16th century, years worth of stock trades and even the results of particle physics experiments.
The era of big data has arrived in government just as it has in business. Digital documents, transactions, intelligence, photos, video, Web content and electronic correspondence are filling storage systems to the brim. At the same time, IT budgets are flat, agencies are being pressed to consolidate data centers, and IT teams don't have the skills they need to manage, analyze and apply all of that data.