A White Paper or the Government IT Community
This paper provides a framework meant to help in your evaluation of Big Data analytical tools. Wereview ten factors we believe should be paramount in your evaluations of Big Data analytical softwarepackages. We present these factors in a way you should nd easily tailorable to your organizationalneeds.
Ten Evaluation Factors
The ten factors we believe should be at the forefront of your decision are:• Mission Functionality/Capability• Ease of Use/Interface• Architecture Approach• Data Architecture• Models• Licensing• Security and Enterprise Governance• Partner Ecosystem• Deployment Models• Health of the FirmWe expand on these factors below.
This may be the most important factor in deciding which BigData analytical tools you decide to leverage in your infrastructure. If the Big Data analytical packageyou are selecting does not have the capability you expect and need then no other factor matters. Theimportance of this factor in evaluating solutions means you should have a well thought out visionyou can articulate for your desired capability. For example, do you need a system that can analyzeall types of unstructured and structured data? Do you need a solution that enables collaborationbetween analysts? Or one that has a focus on extracting knowledge from existing data stores? Do youwant a system that just works in the back oce of an IT shop or one that supports missions throughempowering end-users?
Ease o Use/Interace:
One of the rst questions you should ask when choosing Big Data analyticaltools is who you intend to use them. Do you want to increase the capabilities of your data scientiststo dig deeper into new questions? Do you want to increase the power of your analysts? Or are youhoping to push analytical capabilities out to your entire workforce? Giving more of your enterpriseaccess to Big Data solutions leads to a more informed and agile workforce and reduces the IT2