Top 2017 Data Analytics Trends in Government

18 Jan

Top 2017 Data Analytics Trends in Government

Last year, cloud computing was one of biggest trends dominating government agencies’ budgets and agenda. By the same token, 2016 was truly a breakthrough year for data analytics in the public sector.

The continued adoption of data analytics and big data solutions is poised to skyrocket in 2017 as decision-makers demand the ability to analyze data and extract insights from it without having to rely on IT. As agile analytics tools proliferate, more and more users will realize the technology can save them tremendous time, budget and resources by finding, accessing, and correlating data from a variety of sources. 

The usage of data analytics will continue to expand and, in fact, tremendous opportunities lie ahead to simplify compliance, accomplish mission objectives, and drive innovation across the public sector. In this blog, we detail key trends and factors that will impact how the government agencies leverage and capitalize on analytics technologies.

Security Compliance Grows in Importance

Uncontrollable and unpredictable usage of data can result in violations of key security mandates, breach of contract terms for government contractors, and unwarranted cyber vulnerabilities. To mitigate potential risks, federal agencies mandate compliance with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for all cloud-based solutions. As adoption of Software-as-a-Service ( SaaS) tools and technologies continues to grow, solution providers need to ensure they are able to demonstrate FedRAMP compliance to deliver critical security assurances and data protection measures. For additional information and tips on how to navigate the process, refer to an article we published in FedTech Magazine.

 Movement to the Cloud

In the private sector, small and midsize companies and even large enterprises are mapping strategies to migrate more of their applications to the cloud and this holds true for data analytics as well. In the public sector, we see a similar trend. According to a recent General Services Administration report, 82 percent of government cloud adopters say they will spend more on cloud in 2017. As a result, we'll likely see cloud-based analytics transform from a novelty to a core capability that drives agencies’ e-business operations.








Usability and Agility Will be Key


Today, decision-makers and daily users want to see analytics that give them immediate, actionable data and the ability to customize reports, output, and reviews. For analytics solutions, following an agile development methodology is critical to realize the advantages of frequent user feedback. Regular iterations and seamless updates maximize impact and lay the foundation for greater user adoption of the technology.


In conclusion, we expect to see more data analytics solutions be applied in mission-critical categories if they perform well operationally, meet government standards, and are in line with key value drivers like cloud computing. For more information about what we can do to help you get started with data analytics, contact us today