Stronger local government IT needed for big data

Gill Press argues in this piece contributed to Forbes that while local governments have had some success stories fighting crime with big data analysis, they have other priorities that take precedence.

There are legacy systems to upgrade. There are storage systems to be enlarged. In all, the IT infrastructure for most governments isn’t up to the challenge.

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I know, I know. The answer is: The Cloud. That’s certainly not the answer in isolation. Perhaps a dedicated platform-as-a-service regime, where there’s no chance of contamination by colocated customers, data residency rules can be observed and security is within the hands of public sector professionals, may be part of the answer

In short, don’t expect too many government big data initiatives until a lot of other issues are dealt with.

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Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.

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