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Insights from the 4 April 2013 Government Big Data Forum: Part One


On 4 April 2013, Carahsoft sponsored the Third Annual Government Big Data Forum. This post is the first in a series that seeks to capture key elements of the forum and keep the dialog going.

Over 350 Big Data leaders and decision-makers in the federal domain came together 4 April 2013 for our third Big Data gathering. The first was a formative meeting where we brought together people from across all three branches of government to discuss lessons learned and mission needs associated with Big Data. After that first session we launched our Weekly Government Big Data Newsletter as a way of keeping a baseline of information flowing between interested participants in the federal Big Data community. In 2012 we came together again and dove deeper into Big Data mission needs, gaps and success stories.  This year we built on the previous two years by facilitating an interaction between and among Big Data thought leaders.

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For context, here is the overall agenda:


07:00am – 07:45am Registration and Breakfast
07:45am – 08:00am Welcome
08:00am – 08:45am Introduction and Morning Keynote
08:45am – 09:30am Panel 1: Infrastructure Needs and Capabilities
09:30am – 10:15am Networking Break and Exhibits
10:15am – 11:00am Panel 2: Analytical Tools
11:00am – 11:45am Ignite Sessions: Fast Overviews of Emerging Technologies
11:45am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 01:15pm Panel 3: Data Visualization
01:15pm - 02:00pm Panel 4: The Emerging Role of the Data Scientist
02:00pm – 02:45pm Afternoon Keynote
03:00pm – 03:45pm Closing Keynote

Speakers included many members of the government big data community from industry, academia and government. They included Donna Roy from DHS, Shawn Kingsberry from RATB, and Kirit Amin from the US Department of Commerce.  The event was moderated by our own Bob GourleyAbe Usher, CIO of the HumanGeo Group and Al Di Leonardo, President and CEO of the HumanGeo Group, and Fran Landolf led panels. Members of these panels were from a variety of organizations and roles, and gave great insight into big data and successes and failures and lessons in government.

Industry sponsors, participants in the expo and several speakers came from some of the greatest tech firms in the globe, including:

ClouderaMarkLogicThetusDatameerIBM (Analyst Notebook), EMCSAPRecorded FutureSplunk10GenFlexAnalyticsParabalOptensityVMwareAristaVirtualInstrumentsQbaseNutanix and Symantec

We will dive into the keynotes in the next post in the series and then tackle lessons from the panels. Till then, since a continuing conclusion of these events is that we need to keep a strong community, I’d like to invite you to take two actions towards that right now. First, to ensure you get all these and other reviews of Big Data topics in our Government Big Data Newsletter, a weekly report you can sign up for here.  Second, join the Disruptive IT group on LinkedIn.  This is a member’s only group of technology professionals that discuss issues and actions around Big Data and other hot technology topics. We will see you there.

Additional info on some of the key firms mentioned here follows:


 Insights from the 4 April 2013 Government Big Data Forum: Part One

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

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