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Harnessing Big Data offers companies the potential to use analytics to upgrade product and service lines, adapt to consumer needs and better understand the impact of their business decisions, Mark Gerencser writes in an upcoming issue of University of Maryland, University College's Achiever magazine. But, Big Data's "big implications" for business growth are joined by pitfalls and obstacles that can work against a firm's best interests, rather than deliver improved value. To start, its a complex issue. "It is not only big volume, it's also big in variety and velocity-meaning different types of data from flat files to streaming video and at a wide range of input speeds and refresh frequencies," writes the managing partner of Booz Allen Hamilton‘s (NYSE: BAH) commercial practice and more-than-30-year company veteran. Part of navigating the complexity of Big Data and... (more)

Dell's George Newstrom Charts Govt, Enterprise IT Evolution

George Newstrom, Dell executive director and general manager for the federal government defense and national security business, has penned an article for the company's official corporate blog on what he calls the "third platform" of technologies as he charts the evolution of information technology. Platform one saw mainframes and terminals hit the market and Newstrom writes this development helped government and other industry end users access thousands of applications, reaching millions of end users. Many places are in the second platform of client and server offerings, which st... (more)

Deltek: Federal IT Spending Will Aim to Cut Waste

A new report from overnment contracting market research firm Deltek predicts federal agencies will continue to cut information technology over the next five years as they increasingly aim to cut waste and duplicative programs. The reductions will primarily result in value tradeoffs such as eliminating redundant investments, selecting lower cost alternatives and strategic sourcing to leverage federal purchasing power, Deltek says. "There will be continued growth in areas that are focused on maximizing the efficiency of current systems, such as cloud computing and consolidation rel... (more)

Deltek Forecasts Five-Year Uptick in Federal IT Outsourcing Spend

A new Deltek study on the future of the federal information technology sector projects the IT outsourcing market to increase from $26 billion in fiscal year to $26.7 billion for fiscal 2018. The GovWin IQ report projects agencies to increasingly on outsourcing and contractor support driven by budget and skills gap issues as agencies work harder to meet objectives within their means, Deltek said Monday. “Agencies will continue to pursue solutions that deliver capabilities such as cloud computing and data center optimization,” said Deniece Peterson, director of federal industry ana... (more)

Accenture Survey: Vets Earn Higher Wages Than Counterparts

New Accenture research reveals that veterans who work in the same career field as their military service tend to have higher salaries. The survey of 1,000 employed and unemployed veterans found that 74 percent of those who are in the same position in their civilian jobs as they were in the military earn at least $50,000 annually, compared to 43 percent for those who’ve changed fields, Accenture said Thursday. The survey said there is a need for veterans in transition to be coached and trained so that more of them can land a job that matches their skills or experience. Thirty-six... (more)