New Survey Shows Federal Agencies Willing – But Not Ready – to Leverage Big Data

  New Survey Shows Federal Agencies Willing – But Not Ready – to Leverage Big

       Despite Challenges, Federal Managers Expect Big Data Use to Grow

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- March 26, 2013

According to a study released today from the Government Business Council (GBC)
and Booz Allen Hamilton, more than 75 percent of federal managers believe Big
Data has the power to fundamentally transform federal operations. However,
their confidence wanes when asked whether their agency is taking the
appropriate steps to leverage this new method of collecting and using large
amounts of information. A mere 37 percent agreed that their agency is moving
in the right direction to implement Big Data.

The report, “Turning Optimism into Reality: How Big Data Can Transform
Government,” assesses the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of federal
employees on the use of Big Data to improve operations. The study is supported
by extensive primary and secondary research, including interviews with leading
Big Data experts, a survey of federal employees and feedback from a random
sample of 313 Department of Defense civilian and military Government Executive

Mark Herman, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton offers his
insight on a Big Data strategy. “As organizations consider how to fully unlock
the value of the massive amount of data available to them, an important – but
often overlooked – element is defining a Big Data strategy. This roadmap will
help ensure the right decisions are made in alignment with expectations for
defined business or mission outcomes. Defining and implementing a strategy
from this lens will help senior leaders engage in a productive dialogue that
maximizes their Big Data and creates meaningful value.”

Key report findings include:

  *Only 18 percent of managers feel they have complete proficiency to use Big
  *Agency skill set could explain managers’ lack of confidence. Fifty percent
    of program managers believe their agency could do more to capitalize on
    the opportunities Big Data offers, yet nearly the same number – 47 percent
    – responded that their agency does not have the technical skills to
    understand how to use Big Data.
  *Optimism abounds as 69 percent of federal leaders surveyed indicated that
    Big Data has the capacity to fundamentally transform federal operations.
  *Current Big Data capabilities were compared to agency Big Data goals;
    results show that while federal leaders may not leverage Big Data to
    create overall cost savings now, that it is a goal for their agency in the

“Big Data has very much become a buzzword for possibility in government, but
identifying concrete steps to make it have a significant return on investment
is a challenge. Our results show some fascinating insights on the gaps between
the excitement about Big Data and the reality of making it work for federal
agencies,” says Dana Grinshpan, research manager at the Government Business

To read the full report, visit the Government Business Council’s website:
Turning Optimism into Reality: How Big Data Can Transform Government.

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton ( is a leading provider of management
and technology consulting services primarily to the U.S. government in the
defense, intelligence, and civil markets. Booz Allen Hamilton is headquartered
in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.5
billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2011 (NYSE: BAH). Booz Allen’s
cloud-based services and market-leading ideas help government and industry
unlock the full value of big data in the cloud.

About Government Business Council Industry Insights

As Government Executive Media Group’s research intelligence division, the
Government Business Council (GBC) is dedicated to advancing the business of
government through analysis, insight and analytical independence. As an
extension of Government Executive’s 40 years of exemplary editorial standards
and a commitment to the highest ethical values, the GBC partners with industry
leaders to study influential decision-makers from across the federal
government and produce intelligence-based research and analysis.

About Government Executive Media Group

As part of Atlantic Media Company, Government Executive is dedicated to the
mission of “informing and challenging the national discourse” through serving
managers and executives across government. Through its unmatched reach among
federal decision makers and industry leading marketing services, Government
Executive Media Group is uniquely capable of helping companies achieve
breakthrough business results in the federal market. For more information
about Government Executive Media Group, visit



Media Contacts:
Booz Allen Hamilton
Carrie Lake, 703-377-7785
Government Business Council
Dana Grinshpan, 202-266-7862
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