Where is big data in state CIOs' strategic planning?

Nov 29, 2012

Where is big data in state CIO strategic planning?

An August NASCIO report describes state governments as “an enormous data generation engine.” Data on property, licenses, taxes, unemployment, education, and health benefits resides in varying, often discrete, databases. The big data challenge is collecting, integrating and leveraging that data from the islands of information where it currently exists and applying the tools and analytics to coax actionable information from it.

Some state CIOs have not yet seen an imperative for big data. While the idea of big data is gaining traction, implementation may not be in reach because of staff training or lack of database management tools.
“We have some analytical tools, but not of the scale we need to use” for mining big data sets, one CIO said in response to NASCIO’s annual survey of state CIOs.

The survey suggests they may still be trying to understand the role of big data in state government. State CIOs are experiencing a delicate balancing act of maintaining older, but necessary legacy technology while embracing emerging innovative technologies such as big data, cloud computing, mobile devices, social media and public safety broadband.

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