Survey: Feds behind curve on business intel

Only one in five public-sector organizations in the United States and Europe have invested in business intelligence, according to a recent survey conducted by Butler Group, a European IT research and advisory company.

Business intelligence can help organizations collect and analyze data about their operations. The public-sector rate of investment is about half of the investment that the private sector has made in business intelligence.

Butler Group senior research analyst Sarah Burnett said, 'These figures indicate that the public sector does not have all the information that it can at its disposal for decision-making, planning and monitoring, at a time when more governments are working on modernization of their [IT] services.'

Butler Group based its findings on the results of several surveys performed last year by Datamonitor, a company that provides online database and analysis services.

The surveys revealed that 15 percent of public sector organizations plan to invest in business intelligence in the next two years. By contrast, more than 28 percent of private-sector companies plan on investing in business intelligence in the next two years.

IT security tops the public sector's planned investment, according to Butler, with 40 percent of government agencies looking to invest in it over the next two years.

Butler officials described business intelligence as the 'cornerstone of decision-making' based on facts, not simply perceptions. At a time when it could most use business intelligence, the public sector is failing to benefit from it, according to Butler.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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