Federal agencies face White House orders to become more transparent. These websites expose new data sets, support public petitions, and reveal where taxpayer money goes.
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Launched in June 2009 by (then) federal CIO Vivek Kundra, the IT Dashboard provides general information on more than 7,000 federal IT investments and detailed data on 800 of the government's largest IT projects. Users can compare federal agencies' IT spending over time and search for specific investments. The color-coded Dashboard provides a status report on key projects: yellow means "needs attention," red signals "significant concerns." One drawback is that these are self-evaluations, provided by the agency CIO.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.