Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Geospatial Mapping

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Unsiloed data is powerful

Military organizations need to visualize information across all applicable departments to make missions successful. Too often, information is proprietary to certain departments, but when unified across the organization, a clearer picture emerges. The combination of previously sectored data, when laid upon a geospatial map, is powerful. Natural disaster relief efforts, for example, have benefited from this exact utilization, allowing military organizations to gain a clearer understanding of which areas need the most immediate assistance.

Within the private sector, unified data can show where inefficiencies exist, potential savings, risks, etc. When data is buried in silos, that information is only useful to users in that department. Once unified with all data within the organization, users are now able to see the direct impact data from other departments can have on their projects, and unlock benefits an organization can enjoy at a macro level.

It's no mystery that Big Data has the power to solve a number of known problems and unlock new ways of doing business. What is a mystery – for many organizations – is how to take advantage of the voluminous quantity of unstructured data. International Data Corporation forecasts that the Big Data technology and services market will grow at a 27 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to $32.4 billion through 2017 – or about six times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology (ICT) market.

While the commercial sector still struggles with how to capitalize on Big Data, military and intelligence organizations have utilized geospatial mapping as a way to corral Big Data and harness its power. In fact, according to Thermopylae, the lessons learned by the public sector may offer tremendous insight into the enterprise.


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