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Methods and Practices: Data as a Service — The Evolving Opportunity for Commercial Fusion Centers Serving Government Clients

Methods and Practices: Data as a Service — The Evolving Opportunity for Commercial Fusion Centers Serving Government Clients

This IDC Government Insights report discusses the basic concept of data as a service and its long-term impact on fusion centers. Value-added data-as-a-service providers could be a significant growth area for government IT services in the years ahead, according to IDC Government Insights.

"As the size and scope of data continue to expand, we believe there is an evolving market for highly specialized IT services vendors that are able to accurately manage the large volumes of data collected by the government," said Research Director Shawn P. McCarthy. "This is particularly true as government fusion centers work to import an ever-increasing number of data sets. Trusted vendors can help develop data on third-party platforms that provide important taxonomy, classification, and master data management (MDM) functions. Trusted data service partners are an increasingly important part of the government fusion center ecosystem."

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

IDC Government Insights Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
What Is Data as a Service, and How Does It Work?
What Are Today's Fusion Centers and How Do Data Services Feed into Them?
Types of Government Fusion Centers — Current
Local Fusion Centers
National Fusion Centers
Why Are Fusion Centers Necessary?
Within the Government, Are Fusion Centers the Main Consumers of Data as a Service?
The Commercial Potential — Fusion Centers Versus Value-Added Data Platforms
Method Specifics
Where Does the Data Come From, and How Is This Changing?
How Does the Data Flow?
Government/Industry Collaboration Remains a Key Element
How the Data Moves Through Various Partnership Levels
New Potential — Value-Added Data Platforms — Providing Data Services
Challenges Related to Data as a Service
Who Collects Data Today — And Why?
From Data to Analytics
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
Actions to Consider
For Government
For Vendors
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Related Research
Table: Fusion Center Spending Related to Big Data Initiatives, 2014–2017 ($M)
Figure: Converting Data to Operational Intelligence
Figure: Information Flow Hierarchy — From Data Sources to Fusion Centers to Alerts
Figure: Data as a Service and the Potential for Value-Added Data Platforms

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