The big data movement is changing the way people work. And just like state, local and federal organizations, the military is trying to get smarter, faster and more flexible with its data.
Dr. Eric Little, vice president and chief scientist for a company making big data software for the military — a company appropriately named Modus Operandi — explained to Government Technology that human experts who are capable of analyzing big data, and have the skills and experience to correctly interpret many different types of complex data structures, are hard to come by, which is why big data tools are so valuable today.
“An intelligence analyst in the world of the military services is normally a very young person with limited life experiences, limited technology skills,” Little said. “They receive maybe a month and a half, two months of training, and then they’re oftentimes put in situations where they need to perform their duties.”