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3 Benefits of Centrally Managing Your Data

Big data is changing the way that government delivers service and does business. With the amount of data that government must store, manage and collect they are growing at an astronomical pace. For government organizations, they not only need to understand how to unlock insights from the volume, variety and velocity of data, but also have an IT infrastructure to support their needs. The future of government pins on your agency’s ability to unlock new insights from data. One of the first steps to understanding how to unlock insights from data is by centrally managing and storing your data.

Recently, Eli Collins, chief technologist, Cloudera talked with O’Reilly Media about enterprise data hubs (EDH) and the Federal Government (video provided below). A new architecture to complement existing IT investments and help put data at the center of your agency. It allows the storage of any amount and type of data, securely and cost-effectively, for as long as needed; it lets you access that data in any way you need; and provides the management and governance support that you require of all of your mission-critical infrastructure. It holds great promise for government and is a new way for government to think about their data.

There is a big mismatch between the kinds of data that people have today, and the kinds of technology people use to solve them. So the enterprise data hub is a solution to address that gap, to help companies better get value from their data,” said Collins.

Collins also reminded us that like many organizations, government’s greatest asset is their data. “The data the government has is actually one of their best assets. So we have been helping the government, like most companies, using data to help solve their problems,” said Collins.

Collins pointed out two advantages of an enterprise data hub. He said, “All the data in one place, with high fidelity, any volume, any variety in a single place,” and continued, “An data hub fits in with existing infrastructure, so people tend to park and build next to their existing information systems, so you might be parking next to a data warehouse, because you’re doing better data warehousing. Parking next to all the systems you use to ingest documents and search, because you're enriching those with applications with the data hub.” Three additional benefits can be found below:

  1. Collaboration Across Agency: sharing data in a centrally located data store will increase collaboration and break down silos, giving employees access to the information they need, quickly and efficiently.
  2. Avoid Duplication: by centrally managing data, your agency can avoid having redundant data across the enterprise, and more efficiently use your storage. Avoiding duplication can also lead to cost savings.
  3. Improved Decision Making: Having data in one spot allows you to understand how different elements of your organization interact, and allows you to spot improved decisions for service delivery.

These three benefits are just the start. By centrally managing your data, your agency can improve the way it delivers services and improve how you engage with key stakeholders.

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