Jake Bittner, CEO of Qlarion and Sonny Kakar, founder & CEO of Sevatec, join the program to discuss the Federal Data Strategy and how data can help both innovation and management.
As part of the President’s Management Agenda, the Federal Data Strategy is a roadmap to show agencies how to properly use data. Its four components aim to improve not just service to citizens, but allow for greater innovation as well. “We’re in the middle of a data explosion. There’s IoT and there are data sources everywhere. In fact, data is being created and generated at a faster clip than the federal government, or really any one entity can handle and assess and properly make decisions with,” said Sonny Kakar, founder & CEO of Sevatec. “As you start looking into crowdsourcing, and getting the public partnerships and private partnerships established, now you have people out there who increase innovation. There are tool sets out there that organizations are investing in, and that becomes valuable to the federal government.” One of the goals in the Federal Data Strategy is to set priorities for managing federal data as an important asset, a technique known as data governance. “Data governance is really getting a handle on understanding what your data means. It’s the metadata, it’s the information about the data to have proper context of the data. We have seen in the past, people putting stuff out there without putting it in the proper context and it makes it difficult to use,” said Jake Bittner, CEO of Qlarion.