Booz Allen Hamilton Examines Challenges, Solutions to Unlocking the Power of the Cloud

  Booz Allen Hamilton Examines Challenges, Solutions to Unlocking the Power of
  the Cloud

          Publishes Two Perspectives in Concepts in the Cloud Series

Business Wire

MCLEAN, Va. -- January 9, 2013

Booz Allen Hamilton today released “Delivering on the Promise of Big Data and
the Cloud” and “Developing a Business Case for Cloud: Analyzing Return on
Investment for Cloud Alternatives May Yield Surprising Results,” two
perspectives in its new Concepts in the Cloud series.

By 2020, the amount of information in the U.S. economy is expected to grow by
44 times – and yet executives admit they are unprepared to take full advantage
of big data and cloud computing. Concepts in the Cloud draws from Booz Allen’s
work helping private and public sector organizations move beyond traditional
techniques that stovepipe data to new, more holistic ways of viewing data that
unlock business-driving insights.

“Booz Allen’s approach to the cloud – whether it be how we draw the greatest
value from data, or how we evaluate the business case – was developed as a
result of ongoing collaboration with the U.S. government and constantly
evolves and adapts as we uncover new trends and insights in big data,” said
Booz Allen executive vice president Mark Herman. “Our Concepts in the Cloud
series will help senior leaders understand this and the holistic approach
that’s needed to derive the greatest value from the influx of data – to move
to that highest level of advanced analytics.”

Unlock New Insights: About “Delivering on the Promise of Big Data and the

To open up the tremendous potential buried in the avalanche of data, Booz
Allen has developed the Cloud Analytics Reference Architecture. Today,
organizations are forced to make decisions based on limited access to
information. But this approach – rooted in a mindset change – opens new
avenues for analytics that lead to critical, mission-enabling insights.

The Cloud Analytics Reference Architecture consolidates previously-siloed data
into a manageable, useful, common pool, or “data lake.”

By removing constraints of conventional techniques that lock data and
analytics into stovepipes, analysts can ask more intuitive questions, search
for unexpected data patterns and focus more on human insight and action. The

  *Removes the constraints created by data siloes
  *Allows organizations to “experiment” more with the data, and to ask more
    intuitive questions
  *Enables people to focus on creating value by letting computers take over
    much of the work done now
  *Ensures subject matter experts can explore the data

Look before You Leap: About “Delivering on the Promise of Big Data and the

Understanding the true business case of transitioning to the cloud requires
paying careful attention to cost, productivity benefits and return on
investment. A rigorous, systematic analysis of the return on investment of
cloud solutions before signing on to a preferred system will give agency
leaders a clearer picture of the costs and benefits of moving to the cloud. In
fact, a move based on cost savings alone rarely yields a positive return on
investment. This analysis must cover:

  *Cost considerations: these transition costs include how quickly agencies
    can close out legacy architecture and shift software and applications, as
    well as the extent to which data storage facilities and the IT workforce
    can be repurposed or retrained once the cloud has been introduced.
  *Potential productivity benefits: productivity gains across disparate
    activities can be difficult to pin down, and even tougher to ascribe to a
    single investment. Including the potential for productivity gains in a
    calculation of return on investment begins with a study of current costs,
    analyzing whether or how those costs can be permanently reduced once
    in-house data management is replaced by a cloud system.

The biggest benefit of moving to the cloud comes from creating efficiencies
within the organization once data is more universally and readily accessible.
Rich rewards are available when leaders study the business case upfront; down
the line, organizations will enjoy meaningful productivity gains as the cloud
helps to reorganize work processes.

Also forthcoming in series:

  *New Ways of Managing Big Data in the “Data Lake”: This effective and
    efficient way to load, store and access multiple data sources results in
    more expansive access to data, while providing a new way to manage data.
  *Enabling Cloud Analytics with Data-Level Security
  *Empowering the Government’s Digital Enterprise

Leaders from across Booz Allen with expertise in cloud technology, cloud
analytics, cyber security, and data management have authored these Concepts in
the Cloud perspectives. More information is available here.

More information about the firm’s cloud-based services can be found at

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology
consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil
markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit
organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs
approximately 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.86 billion for the 12
months ended March 31, 2012.

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