This IDC study presents the results of IDC's 2015 Big Data and Analytics MaturityScape Benchmark U.S. Government Survey and should be viewed as a supplement to IDC MaturityScape: Big Data and Analytics (IDC #255138, June 2015). Together, they provide a comprehensive overview of the IDC's Big Data and analytics maturity model for the U.S. federal government.
This study also presents the results from quantitative research that will enable government organizations to work with IDC to assess their Big Data maturity level against industry benchmarks and make data-driven decisions based on their organizational goals.
In IDC MaturityScape: Big Data and Analytics (IDC #255138, June 2015), we identified the stages, dimensions, outcomes, and actions that organizations should consider to effectively develop Big Data competency. This document enables government organizations to answer the following questions:
- Where is my agency on a maturity scale for Big Data and analytics competencies in terms of the mission needs?
- Where are our government peers?
- What are the top 5 traits of federal organizations in which the benefits of recent Big Data and analytics projects, in aggregate, met or exceeded expectations?
- What are the characteristics exhibited in each maturity stage for each of the five dimensions of vision, data, technology, people, and process?
"The Big Data capabilities are represented by a complex interplay of strategy, technology, data, processes, and people looking to derive value from data to make better strategic, operational, and tactical decisions," says Adelaide O'Brien, research director, United States Government Digital Transformation Strategies. "As agencies concentrate on the mission benefits of Big Data, it is becoming increasingly critical to focus on improving the maturity of their organization's capabilities to improve their return on resource investment. Knowing the distribution of maturity across these dimensions allows IDC analysts and those adopting our methodology to assess current Big Data maturity, and comparing the current 'as is' to this government benchmark is a valuable performance management process."