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What the CIA is up to, with CTO, Gus Hunt
March 13, 2012 By RyanKamauff

Leaders such as Gus Hunt are dedicated to the mission

If you joined us and Carahsoft on Tuesday at the Big Data Forum, you were fortunate to witness some great talks from government and industry technology leaders. One of those leaders was Gus Hunt, CTO of the CIA and a huge proponent of agile government technology. He delivered a really stellar presentation that provided great context on the CIA and their challenges.

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Big data meets interested government
March 12, 2012 By Joseph Marks

Intelligence agencies increasingly are looking beyond the satellite photos and secret reports upon which they've traditionally relied for insight into U.S. adversaries' actions and are turning to data-crunching algorithms that can sift through massive piles of disparate information, such as GPS reports, social media posts and online images, said Amr Awadallah, co-founder and chief technology officer of CloudEra, a vendor that maintains and manages big data systems.

While intelligence agencies are the first government entities to mine big data -- data sets too large to be analyzed by desktop analytical tools -- they're unlikely to be the last, Awadallah said.

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Big data's big question: Where are the data scientists?
March 8, 2012 By Rutrell Yasin

Even as organizations are trying to define the role of those tasked with analyzing and managing the new phenomenon of big data, people capable of that job are already projected to be in short supply.

The move from a network-centric to a data-rich environment requires a different skill set, John Marshall, CTO of the Directorate of Intelligence J2 with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said March 6 during a forum on big data.

There is a need to aggregate data cross structured and unstructured data repositories. The biggest threat to productivity is the lack of aggregation across different lines of businesses, said Marshall, who moderated a panel on the emerging role of the chief data officer and data scientist at the Government Big Data Forum. The forum was held in Washington, D.C., by systems integrator Carahsoft.

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Hadoop and Big Data
March 8, 2012

Amr Awadallah

If you want to deal with big data, then you should get to know Hadoop, according to Cloudera co-founder Amr Awadallah. We caught up with him Tuesday at Carahsoft's Big Data Forum in DC. When Amr was overseeing business intel for Yahoo a few years ago, one of the company's biggest challenges was data: how to collect it, where to store it, how to find it, and how not to throw it away. Then Hadoop came along. The open source data operating system allows companies like Yahoo to store any kind and any amount of data forever. It inspired him and others to launch Cloudera four years ago. The company helps customers like Groupon, Qualcomm, and Opower use Hadoop to manage their big data.

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Intelligence Community Loves Big Data
March 8, 2012


The Department of Defense (DoD) got its budget cut and the Intelligence Community (IC) got its budget increased so DoD's network-centric focus is being overtaken by the IC's big data-centric focus.

The reason is that the world's population of almost 7B people will eventually have smartphones with multiple sensors (your iPhone has them now for GPS position, etc.) so there will be a massive stream of real-time data they want to mine to look for the lone-wolf terrorist (hard to find-easy to stop) I have written about previously. They may even be interested in what you are eating because the Internet connected refrigerator of the future will sense when you are low or out of your favorite foods and order them for you.

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MarkLogic Executive to Address Carahsoft Government Big Data Forum, Washington D.C.
March 5, 2012

Public Sector CTO Chris Biow on Big Data Solutions Showcase Agenda

SAN CARLOS, Calif. - MarkLogic Corporation, the company powering mission-critical Big Data Applications around the world, today announced that its Public Sector Chief Technology Officer, Chris Biow, will be a panelist at the 2nd annual Carahsoft Government Big Data Forum on Tuesday, March 6 in Washington D.C. Biow will describe MarkLogic capabilities to leverage the value of Big Data in government agencies, including lessons learned from MarkLogic clients, and he will discuss near and long-term Big Data trends in the public sector.

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Update on the 6 March 2012 Government Big Data Forum
February 27, 2012 By Bob Gourley

With this post I provide an update on the 6 March 2012 Government Big Data Forum, sponsored by Carahsoft.

This is the second annual gathering of the government and industry Big Data community. We have planned a day of interaction between and among members of government agencies, solution integrators and technology vendors. Speakers include thought leaders in Big Data from the CIA, DoD, DoT and some of Silicon Valley's greatest Big Data capability providers. We plan several keynote discussions, two tech showcase reviews of corporate capabilities, an expo floor, and an interactive panel of experienced Big Data professionals. This panel will dive deep into the emerging discipline of the Data Scientist and examine issues such as optimal career paths for the data scientist and the role of an organization's Chief Data Officer.

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Carahsoft Hosts 2nd Annual Government Big Data Forum on March 6, 2012 in Washington, DC
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Carahsoft Hosts 2nd Annual Government Big Data Forum on March 6, 2012 in Washington, DC

Carahsoft will host the 2nd Annual Government Big Data Forum on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at the Rennaisance Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference brings together government and industry thought leaders including Gus Hunt, Chief Technology Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency; Dr. Amr Awadallah, founder and CTO Cloudera; and John Marshall, Chief Technology Officer, Intelligence Directorate, Joint Staff/J2.

Government Big Data Forum

"The needs of government are shifting a bit as new lessons about Big Data are identifying new opportunities, according to Bob Gourley,"

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Registration now open for Government Big Data Forum: 6 March 2012, DC
February 5, 2012 By Bob Gourley

Registration is now open for the next full meeting of the Government Big Data Forum. This event will very likely be booked full in a very short time so please check your calendar now and if you can make it register right away.

The event will be heavy on lessons learned and use cases from industry. Learn from folks who have lots of lessons to share.

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The following is from the Carahsoft events page:

Government Big Data Forum
Last year, analyzing Big Data sets was an emerging issue for many government agencies. Now that these organizations have had a chance to field Big Data solutions for over a year, this year's forum will focus on lessons learned regarding the successful implementation of Big Data analysis for mission needs.

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