Predictive Analytics: How to Prevent Crime from Happening

City police departments across the country are turning traditional police officers into “data detectives.”  Police departments across the country have adapted business techniques --  initially developed by retailers, such as Netflix and WalMart, to predict consumer behavior -- to predict criminal behavior.  A new IBM Center report, by Dr.

Predicting Famine Through Analytics

The Famine Early Warning System is an interagency network among federal agencies and the United Nations that began in 1985, using scientific data to target about $1.5 billion in food aid from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to those who need it most.  Participating federal agencies include the U.S.

Are You Ready for Analytics 3.0?

Dr. Thomas Davenport, in a recent Harvard Business Review article, says “Some of us now perceive another shift, fundamental and far-reaching enough that we can fairly call it Analytics 3.0.”  What does this mean for leaders of large organizations?

 

The Three Phases of Analytics.  Davenport writes that the field of "analytics" has evolved over the past 60 years in three phases:

Big Data: It’s About Complexity, Not Size

Lieutenant Colonel Josh Helms is a data analyst in the Army serving as a Research Fellow in the Army's Training With Industry program, through which he works with IBM for one year before returning to the Army. His research fellowship is intended to help him learn how industry analyzes big data and communicates strategic insights to senior leaders to take this knowledge base back to the Army.

Challenges in Adopting a Big Data Strategy (Part 1 of 2)

Introduction This entry is the second in a series of blog posts discussing issues that the government faces with implementing big data. In the first blog post in this series, I described why data should be defined as "big" based on complexity of the data, not volume alone. In this entry, I address the first two of four major challenges for government in the implementation of big data: talent management and interoperability. In my next blog entry, I address trust and cyber infrastructure.

Challenges in Adopting a Big Data Strategy (Part 2 of 2)

Introduction This entry is the third in a series of blog posts in which I discuss research designed to address the challenges that the government faces in regards to big data. In the first blog post in this series, I described why data should be defined as "big" based on complexity of the data, not volume alone. The public sector faces four challenges in adopting big data technologies. In the previous entry, Challenges in Adopting a Big Data Strategy (Part 1 of 2), I address the first two challenges: talent management and interoperability.

Five Examples of How Federal Agencies Use Big Data Five Examples of How Federal Agencies Use Big Data

This blog entry provides examples of how federal agencies and other levels of government are developing and applying big data strategies in the areas of fraud detection, financial market analysis, health related research, government oversight, education, criminology, environmental protection, and energy exploration. Introduction This entry is the fourth in a series of blog posts discussing issues that the government faces with implementing big data strategies. The first blog post in this series described why data should be defined as "big" based on complexity of the data, not volume alone.

Five Myths and Five Ways to Create an Analytics Culture

This entry is the fifth and final in a series of blog posts discussing issues that the government faces with implementing big data strategies. The first blog post in this series described why data should be defined as "big" based on complexity of the data, not volume alone. The second blog post and third blog post explained four challenges that a big data strategy presents for public sector organizations. The fourth blog post provided examples of areas and organizations from the public sector that are developing and applying big data strategies.

Weekly Roundup May 15, 2015

OMB Deputy Director Beth Cobert discusses importance of #SES #leadership to government performance @ombpress.

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