Can Big Data Help Streamline Government?

Yesterday, I read a good article about #BigData from Tibco.  The article is entitled “The 4 Biggest Problems with Big Data“.  The four main points are critical for business growth and profitability as well as for addressing key gaps in marketing and outreach capabilities.  These are great concepts for businesses that have profit/loss numbers that determine whether or not the companies survive.  However when we look at the incredible amounts of information, regulations, laws, documents, as well as the diversity of programs that government creates and runs at federal, state and local levels, I often wonder why I have not seen so many more people preaching the message of Big Data as a means to streamline government? Continue reading

The Costs of Data Quality Failure

The first response that I hear when I start to talk about “Big Data” and information sharing is that we don’t have enough people, time and resources to slow down to look through all of that information and make sense out of it.  It’s just too daunting of a task.

As I start to look more and more into “BigData” and see the role of understanding what is going on within billions of records, I have really begun to understand that we don’t have time NOT to engage in this discussion.  This point was driven home extremely well in a recent blog post entitled “The Costs of Data Quality Failure.”  In this post, the following statement should be a wakeup to everyone who thinks that this isn’t important.

“A recent report from Artemis Ventures indicated that poor data quality costs the United States economy roughly $3.1 trillion per year. To provide some perspective on this unimaginably large figure, that’s twice the size of the US Federal deficit. An estimate from the US Insurance Data Management Association puts the cost of poor quality data at 15% to 20% of corporations’ operating revenue.”

Can you live with your organization, agency or company losing 15-20% every year? Put another way, how effective are you really when faced with 15-20% cuts each and every year. (You might want to look at a post from November entitled “Surviving the Coming 50 Percent Budget Cuts“)

You can choose to ignore the issue but it is like treating any other financial or systemic problems… the longer it goes unaddressed the more challenging the fix is later on.