Federal Priorities Spotlight: Big Data, 2018-2023

Published: October 31, 2018

Federal Market AnalysisBig DataForecasts and Spending

Deltek’s Federal Priorities Spotlight: Big Data report analyzes the policies, trends, challenges and technology enablers influencing the federal big data market.

The need for the federal government to derive increased value from the vast amounts of data it collects is the driving force behind the growing demand for big data solutions. Data proliferation will continue, and agencies are under pressure to improve their ability to manage, process and use it. Congress, the administration and federal leaders have recognized the importance of data in their missions, issuing legislation and policies that highlight its importance, including the federal data strategy under the President’s Management Agenda. Agencies lack the internal expertise to leverage their own data, and are investing in services, such as analysis support, to more quickly gain value from existing data stores. Big data software, such as predictive analytics and visualization, are in high demand as well. In the long-term, agencies are developing strategies to modernize their IT infrastructure to not only maximize the use of existing data, but to serve as a foundation for emerging, data-reliant technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Deltek forecasts federal demand for vendor-furnished big data products and services will grow from $2.6 billion in FY 2018 to $3.5 billion in FY 2023 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.2%.

Key Findings

  • Policy and Legislation – Congress and the administration have issued policies, such as the new federal data strategy, to help mobilize federal agencies’ data management and use practices, increasing the likelihood for upcoming big data opportunities in the market.
  • Chief Data Officers – The growth of Chief Data Officers within the federal government indicates the attention agencies are giving to standardizing their data for innovative analytical use and initiatives.
  • Research and Development – R&D continues to lead the growth found in the big data market, with investments primarily in advancing high performance computing capabilities and artificial intelligence.
  • Artificial Intelligence – Well-organized data is the key element to artificial intelligence and machine learning developments. These emerging technologies are positioned to expand and help improve the efficiency and performance of government and contribute to key mission areas across agencies.
  • Technology – Technology advances in cloud analytics, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), metadata tagging and modernized, interoperable systems will enable progress in big data adoption. These solutions will be critical in overcoming the challenges of legacy systems, lack of storage and unformatted and siloed data within agencies.
  • Critical Insight for Vendors

    Deltek's Federal Priorities Spotlight: Big Data report takes a strategic look at federal agencies’ progress and investment in workforce mobility and citizen interaction in a mobile-facing environment.

    The report provides:

  • Analysis of the policies, technologies and trends within the big data market.
  • Big data contracting patterns and insight into potential opportunities.
  • Forecasted contractor-addressable federal spending in big data.
  • Agency-by-agency overview of spending on big data goods and services and top contractors and business size.
  • Recommendations to help contractors maximize opportunities within the federal big data space.
  • Deltek's Federal Priorities Spotlight: Big Data report is delivered in PowerPoint® format, including a PowerPoint® Executive Briefing, and an Excel® data workbook.

    Federal Priorities Spotlight: Big Data


  • Report Purpose
  • Scope and Methodology
  • Key Findings
  • Big Data Trends and Drivers

  • Budget Environment
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Chief Data Officers
  • Research and Development
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • High Performance Computing
  • Challenges and Enablers
  • Big Data Spending Opportunities

    Big Data Market Forecast

    Agency Analysis

  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Defense Agencies
  • Health and Human Services
  • Homeland Security
  • Justice
  • NASA
  • Transportation
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Conclusions and Recommendations