Today, there is over 40 times more data being stored than there are stars in the observable universe. This exponential data growth is only predicted to increase over the next few years. However, government agencies won’t be able to get the most out of their data without the proper technology solutions. To combat this exponential data growth, agencies need to invest in a data storage solution that allows them to use that data to drive their mission.
In a recent webinar hosted by GovExec, Dovarius Peoples, U.S. Army Corp of Engineer’s Chief Information Officer, explained why managing exponential data growth and creating the ability to access and share authoritative data sets is crucial for data-driven decision making.
“The Army Data Strategy begins to bring the various domains together which is allowing us to make more informed decisions based on the data that we received from both public and private cloud environments,” Peoples explained. “Ultimately, the goal is to make data accessible to all to help leaders to make those informed decisions… One of the things that the Army COE is heavily invested in is making data more digital and more accessible.”
By having a cloud storage solution, agencies can seamlessly and securely share data within their own agency, with other agencies, and with partners. These data sharing capabilities can empower more data-driven decision making and improve program success.
In a conversation with Government Technology Insider, Nick Psaki, Principal Technologist at Pure Storage, discussed how new cloud storage strategies are transforming what government agencies can achieve. Psaki said: “Technology today has created the capability to leverage data in ways that were not possible even ten years ago.”
State of the art data storage enables agencies to put AI, machine learning, and robotic process automation to work to transform government. For example, federal healthcare agencies used AI to parse decades worth of data and accelerate the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implemented a data strategy to promote data literacy, improve data analysis capabilities, and make the administration of data-driven initiatives a priority.
“Data is the single most valuable resource in an organization, today” Psaki added. “If you have no data, you have no purpose. The evolution of cloud technologies and the growth of data have motivated technology professionals, CIOs, technical directors, and others to ask themselves: how do I get the most out of this?”
As the mission of all federal government agencies continues to evolve to meet today’s complex challenges, modernizing data storage infrastructure is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come. With fit-for-mission data management solutions, data will become an invaluable resource that allows agencies to drive their mission forward.
Learn how to drive agency mission with modern data storage solutions here.