Posts by Tam Harbert:


Teamwork with Business Users Feeds Analytics ROI at Postal Service

by   |   September 24, 2013   |   Leave a comment

WASHINGTON – The most important element of success when starting up an advanced analytics operation in a federal agency is not the amount of funding you get, it’s finding the users with the right background who want to attack a Read More…


Government Data Chiefs Find Varied Measures for Analytics Value

by   |   September 23, 2013   |   Leave a comment

WASHINGTON—For Michael Wood, who recently retired from his position as executive director of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (RATB), success of his team’s analytics work has been a difficult thing to measure. The RATB was created by the American Read More…


How Tableau Users Win Visualization Friends and Influence Corporate IT

by   |   September 16, 2013   |   Leave a comment

WASHINGTON—It takes time for new software to permeate the corporate IT fortress, and data visualization tools that have caught the eyes of the media and design experts are no different. Proponents of data visualization software at a Tableau Software event Read More…


Redbox Finds New Kiosk Sites by Tracking DVD Rental Behavior Data

by   |   September 12, 2013   |   Leave a comment

WASHINGTON—You might think that the best place to put a Redbox DVD rental kiosk would be at a retail store in a highly populated area with a lot of foot traffic. And that’s a fair assumption. The trickier question is: Read More…


Vint Cerf Envisions Interoperable Clouds Driving Collaborative Computing, Analytics

by   |   January 17, 2013   |   Leave a comment

Vint Cerf, celebrated “father of the Internet” now working at Google, sees a dynamic future for collaborative computing and large-scale data analytics via interconnected clouds. Cerf told a NIST gathering of researchers they should help drive the needed infrastructure advances. Read More…


U.S. CIO Talks of Opening More Government Datasets to Spur Innovation

by   |   January 16, 2013   |   Leave a comment

If more of the government’s data could be made available to the public, it could spur a new wave of government efficiency and data-driven innovation, U.S. CIO Steven L. VanRoekel told the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cloud Computing and Big Data Workshop. Read More…


Advocate for Federal Data Standards Cites Analytics Opportunities

by   |   September 24, 2012   |   Leave a comment

If the federal government would only adopt data standards, it could avoid risky grants, catch more cases of fraud earlier and streamline regulatory reporting, saving taxpayers and the government both time and money, said Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition. Read More…


IRS building in Washington DC

IRS Implements Analytics for Compliance, Fraud Detection and Workforce Management

by   |   September 19, 2012   |   Leave a comment

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has launched several data analytics projects that are improving compliance, combating fraud, identifying abusive tax shelters and saving money, according to several representatives of the federal tax collection agency. The officials spoke at the Predictive Read More…


Ian Foster, director of the Computation Institute at U. of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

Standards Needed to Fulfill Vision for Big Data Researchers

by   |   June 18, 2012   |   Leave a comment

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—Scientific research already uses very big data sets, but the field needs to develop a framework and standards to take major inquiries to new heights of collaboration and discovery, according to researchers convening at the National Institute of Standards Read More…


Research as a Service: Microsoft, Google, Amazon Discuss Supporting Government Scientists via Cloud Computing

by   |   June 15, 2012   |   1 Comment

GAITHERSBURG, MD.—The likes of Microsoft, Google and Amazon are just beginning to pay attention to the big data needs of scientific researchers. That was the message delivered by computer scientists from several commercial heavyweights at a workshop on big data Read More…