How Can Analytics Help?
Enter analytics, which can support the IT modernization movement in two ways. First, analytics can support the Federal Information Technology Reform Act by helping to identify where and what to cut. It can answer questions like: “Which systems are costing more to maintain than to replace?”, “Where do we have system duplication or overlap?” and “What software have we purchased but not deployed?” Better visibility into the complete inventory and associated spending helps to build the case for the modernization investment, which will be offset by maintenance reduction and eliminating duplication.
Second, analytics is a component of the modernization effort itself. Many programs today are simply unable to access the information they need in a timely fashion (or at all) due to continued use of antiquated business intelligence software. Real-time and historical data provides federal agencies the ability to understand operations and anticipate eventualities for timely and accurate decision making, a key component of modernization. For example, one federal agency recently told me that they historically spent three weeks compiling and aggregating data for analysis. With Qlik, they now have daily access to the information.
Others are paying exorbitant fees to contractors to build and maintain open source analytics.
Here are a few cost-saving tips to consider when modernizing your analytics solution:
In the excitement of the first 100 days, topics like immigration and border control have dominated the conversation. Yet even with these controversial issues, modern analytics can help by gathering the data needed to solve tough problems. We still have some time before April 29th, so let’s work together—government and industry, Democrat and Republican—to ensure that IT Modernization gets the attention it deserves.