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GovWin Recon - June 28, 2013

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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Annual National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference Recap

The 2013 National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference was held June 17-19 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. The conference included a variety of sessions and workshops addressing executive, operational, and technical communications and interoperability. NENA works with stakeholders, including policy leaders, telecommunications and emergency services groups to establish industry standards and promote critical initiatives such as the use of IP-based next generation 911 (NG911) systems. NENA has more than 7,000 members in 48 chapters across North America and around the world. 
 
The past year has been a difficult one, filled with natural disasters and national tragedies that highlighted the importance of 911 telecommunicators and other first responders. From the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, telecommunicators were on the front lines.
 
Next generation 911 proved to be the most common topic throughout the conference. Several sessions were held for entities just beginning to explore the technology as well as those already well versed in its benefits and difficulties. There were also numerous sessions focused on the more tangential aspects of 911 and the challenges public safety answers points (PSAPs) may face with or without NG911, which was fitting given the large number of disasters that have taken place since last year’s conference.
 
For more analysis some of the hot topics and other insights from the 2013 IACP LEIM Conference, please check out the full five-page recap, here.
 
GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial.

GovWin Recon - June 27, 2013

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon - June 26, 2013

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon - June 25, 2013

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon - June 24, 2013

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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State and local government market analysis: Business intelligence/analytics solutions

Governments are increasingly looking at how data can assist in policy and decision-making to improve operations. This increase in demand for business intelligence (BI)/analytics solutions stems from the emergence of big data (large data sets) in government.
 
Once massive amounts of raw data are collected, they need to be made useful by being entered into BI/analytics tools to create digestible reports. The benefits and ability to pinpoint trends, measure performance and forecast outcomes based on these data sets makes business intelligence software and analytics solutions a must have for any government entity. State and local procurements for such software have not only grown in volume, but in scope as well. These solutions are being used in Medicaid departments, local school districts, transportation agencies, police departments and even in the budget formulation process.
 
Since 2009, solicitations seeking BI/analytics solutions and/or components have been rising steadily in the state and local market, with an average year-over-year increase of 36.5 percent.
 
 
 
*Numbers are based on opportunities captured in Deltek’s GovWin IQ state and local database*
 
State agencies are the biggest buyers of BI/analytics solutions and services due in large part to their data hub/compiler roles. Local entities are often tasked with collecting and submitting raw data to relevant state-level agencies who then synthesize the data into digestible visuals and actionable statistics. According to Deltek’s GovWin IQ database, state agencies released 52 percent of all BI/analytics solicitations in 2012, with local governments at 32 percent, and K-12 and higher education institutions encompassing the remaining 16 percent.
 
 
 
*Numbers are based on opportunities captured in Deltek’s GovWin IQ state and local database*
 
Based on solicitations captured in the GovWin IQ database, state and local governments releasing the most BI/analytics solicitations over the past three years (2009-2012) resided in the following states:
 
·         California (49 solicitations)
·         Texas (37 solicitations)
·         Virginia (27 solicitations)
·         Colorado (26 solicitations) 
·         New York (24 solicitations)
·         Illinois (22 solicitations)
In 2012 alone, state and local governments seeking BI/analytics solutions resided in:
 
·         Massachusetts (12 solicitations)
·         Washington (11 solicitations)
·         Ohio (9 solicitations)
·         Colorado (9 solicitations)
·         Maryland (8 solicitations)
·         California (8 solicitations)
BI/analytics solicitations have mostly been sought by departments in the general government (27 percent), health care (17 percent), and social services (15 percent) verticals. Under the general government vertical, most solicitations are pursuing solutions to complement enterprise data warehouses in IT departments and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Most solicitations under the health care and social services verticals focus on records of public service recipients within unemployment insurance (UI), Medicaid, and TANF programs.
 
Solicitations released from K-12 and higher education institutions are expected to increase in the coming years. As student and teacher data initiatives continue to grow, such as the federally directed Statewide Longitudinal Data System program, the demand for more robust BI/analytics solutions will also increase for local school districts, education departments, and higher education systems.
 
 
*Numbers are based on opportunities captured in Deltek’s GovWin IQ state and local database*
 
Analyst’s Take
 
The rise of big data technologies in the state and local market represents the need to identify cost savings and improve government effectiveness. Government agencies are using BI/analytics tools across all verticals to determine how to close budget gaps, consolidate resources, stop fraud, reallocate funds, and better manage public funds and essential resources (time and personnel).
 
As you can imagine, BI/analytics vendors who have had success in the private sector have jumped out as leaders in the government market as well. The top five most awarded vendors captured in the GovWin IQ database for BI/analytics contracts include Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP and SAS. However, solicitations requiring BI/analytics services such as training, implementation, maintenance/support services, and advisory consulting services offer broader opportunities.
 
Though vendors such as Deloitte, Accenture, Maximus and Unisys occupy a chunk of major contracts, smaller or less prominent contracts are up for the taking. The GovWin IQ database includes a list of more than 200 small-to-medium vendors who have also been awarded BI/analytics related contracts in the state and local market.
 
For more on the current state of the business intelligence/data analytics contracting market, see Chris Dixon’s Industry Analysis Report “Business Intelligence Market 2013” (Subscription Required).
 
GovWin IQ subscribers can read further about these projects in the provided links. Non-subscribers can gain access with a GovWin IQ free trial

 

 

GovWin Recon - June 21, 2013

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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GovWin Recon - June 20, 2013

GovWin Recon, produced by Deltek's Federal Industry Analysis (FIA) team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the issues impacting the government and the contractors that serve it. Recon highlights key developments surrounding government technology, policy, budget and vendor activities.

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Proliferation of data collection drives business intelligence contracting market

Big data has been in the news a lot lately, and I’m not just referring to the massive surveillance apparatus run by the NSA, which sweeps up nationwide phone metadata and may (or may not) do the same for Internet data. The private sector has been getting in on the act as well.
 
Streaming giant Netflix has been at the forefront of this trend, collecting and analyzing a staggering amount of data from its 29 million customer base, then using that information to determine, with scientific-like accuracy, what new shows to green light and even who to cast.
 
While some have questioned the value of such a data-driven approach, one thing is becoming abundantly clear: there is no going back. Big data and the tools to make sense of it are frequently used to sort “winning” ideas from “losing” ones in business and government.
 
A multitude of factors – the digitization of records, smartphone and social media revolutions, and widespread Internet availability – have coalesced into a tipping point, and we have suddenly found ourselves in a world rich with digital data and incentives to figure out what it all means.
 
There has never been more of a demand for business intelligence and data analytic tools, and the applications for state and local governments are endless. The move by governments toward a more data-driven approach to policymaking has been happening for some time now, and reminds me of the “CitiStat” revolution that swept the state and local landscape in the late '90sand early 2000s. Obviously the technology around data analytics has advanced since then; however, I believe the more important driver of business intelligence tools has been the expansion of information databases over the past decade.
 
Whether you are registering for a driver’s license, applying for food stamps, or donating money to a political candidate, your personal details are now more likely to wind up stored in a database somewhere. This trend holds true for both the private and nonprofit sectors as well, where finding out what makes your customers tick can be crucial to remaining a sustainable enterprise.
 
Of course, not everyone thinks this is a positive development. The potential for abuse and the erosion of civil liberties is both real and frightening, but big data and business intelligence are not inherently good or evil. They can be used for Big Brother-like surveillance or as a means for making government more open and transparent. It all depends on use and the legal barriers we place around that use. Figuring out the appropriate balance and legal oversight will be important, because as Deltek Senior Manager Chris Dixon detailed in a report released in February, governments have “significantly increased” the number of solicitations with business intelligence components since 2010.
 
Opportunities with BI components by status, 2001-2014

Source: Chris Dixon’s “Business Intelligence Market 2013,” Industry Analysis Report, GovWin IQ
 
These opportunities span every vertical market and can be delivered through either software or professional services contracts. Public safety agencies like the Chicago Police Department are considering purchasing predictive policing and crime analytics software in order to leverage their existing data warehouses for traffic, crime and accidents, police contact reports, warrant and arrest records, and other sets of data.
 
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Administration and Finance wants to use analytics software to root out identity theft and personal income tax fraud. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration awarded a contract to Optum Health in 2012 for decision support and business intelligence to analyze its existing Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) data warehouse.
 
In 2011, the Minnesota Department of Administration awarded a consultant contract to 22 vendors in the hopes of improving operational efficiencies and budget savings across departments through the use data analytics. There is almost no limit around the use of these tools in state and local government, and virtually every agency has a need to (as statistical guru Nate Silver phrases it) locate the signal through the noise.
 
Analyst’s Take
 
We are right in the sweet spot for business intelligence and data analytics requirements. Many governments have already done the legwork of setting up the necessary database infrastructure for the information they wish to store and measure. As GovWin IQ’s numbers show, they are just now beginning to realize the endless potential of having sophisticated tools to guide better policymaking and resource allocation.
 
A limiting factor for this technology does exist: Governments tend to purchase it as a component or add-on to larger, more comprehensive software and professional service contracts. Finding a way to market your product to both governments and prospective software vendors for subcontracting opportunities will be critical for companies in the business intelligence market. As the amount of data and the proliferation of large-scale data warehouses continue to develop, the prospect of add-on BI components may no longer be enough to achieve the desired results of many governments, and the number of standalone business intelligence/data analytics bids may increase substantially over the next five years.
 
For more on the current state of the business intelligence/data analytics contracting market, see Chris Dixon’s Industry Analysis Report “Business Intelligence Market 2013” (Subscription Required)

 

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