When it comes to data, the U.S. federal government is a bit of a glutton. Federal agencies manage on average 209 million records, or approximately 8.4 billion records for the entire federal government, according to Steve O’Keeffe, founder of the government IT network site, MeriTalk.
“All of that paper cholesterol is bad for agencies’ health – creating legal liabilities, putting information at risk, and generally making Federal mission owners unable to operate effectively,” O’Keeffe writes. “And so, the ever-fit President Obama has put Feds on a records weight-loss program. The Presidential Directive on Managing Government Records requires agencies to transition to electronic record keeping for all permanent records by 2019 – the office equivalent of six-pack abs.”
O’Keeffe does a bit of calorie counting on the problem, relying on a December MeriTalk survey of 100 federal records and information management professionals. Among the findings:
It’s worth noting that those three out of five cite different gains from the effort. For instance:
The Data Integration Crystal Ball
What’s the future look like for data integration? We’ll see a shift away from data management projects to a more comprehensive, enterprise information management strategy, according to IDC.
“This march means greater interactivity and coordination among software products in the various segments of this market: bulk data movement, dynamic data movement, general data quality tools, domain-based data matching and cleansing, master data definition and control, data access infrastructure, and composite data frameworks,” Carl Olofson, research vice president for the Database Management and Data Integration Software service at IDC, said in a prepared statement.
The report focuses on data integration and access software by segment with forecasts for 2013-2017. It also covers 2012 vendor shares for the market. The full report costs $4,500, but you can see an outline of the contents in the press release.