Demystifying Big Data

A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government

Data in the world is doubling every 18 months

Across government everyone is talking about the concept of big data, and how this new technology will transform the way Washington does business. Looking past the excitement, many questions remained unanswered- until now. The TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data Commission has worked diligently to put together the most comprehensive report on big data of its kind. What is big data, really? How is it defined? What capabilities are required to succeed? How do you use big data to make intelligent decisions? How will agencies effectively govern and secure huge volumes of information, while protecting privacy and civil liberties? And perhaps most importantly, what value will it really deliver to the US Government and its citizens?

The Big Data Commission, co-chaired by Steven Mills, SVP and Group Executive, IBM Software and Systems, released its findings to help answer these questions and many more. The report, Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government, provides the government’s senior policy and decision makers with a comprehensive roadmap to using big data to better serve the American people.