Move over cloud computing. The term with the most buzz these days for information technology contractors is “big data,” or large chunks of information too huge to be easily managed by typical computer programs.
The Obama administration announced late last month a new big data initiative meant to help the government better analyze large collections of information. The government’s big data can range from the claims filed by Medicare and Medicaid users to video footage collected by unmanned vehicles on the battlefield.
The initiative kicked off with more than $200 million in projects at six agencies in an effort to advance the technologies needed to collect, store and share the troves of data and expand the needed workforce.
Now, information technology companies are hoping the government’s spotlight will mean additional opportunity.
MarkLogic, a California company with a Tysons Corner-based public sector business, has long specialized in organizing what it calls “unstructured” data, which could be anything from e-mails to geospatial information that doesn’t fit into typical databases.