In my previous posting I have covered a perspective on Big Data and the benefits for Human Services organisations. Just recently the UK Policy Exchange Think Tank has published a comprehensive report titled “The Big Data Opportunity: Making government faster, smarter and more personal”, and discussing the many benefits offered to Public Sector by leveraging this transformational aspect of ICT. In addition to the report, I would like to recommend to our readers an interesting article commentary published by Public Technology.net and titled “UK could save £33bn by better use of Big Data’ claim.” The author of the article, Gary Flood covers off many of the important key points from the report.
The savings opportunity, perhaps a little optimistic but nonetheless serious, has to be driven through. Our government organisations (and I don’t think this is just a UK matter) have a unique opportunity to achieve a breakthrough in information management, which is what the public sector has typically struggled with.
Human Services is just one example where, as I discussed previously, having a handle on the ‘real and true’ can mean lower social costs and better lives for those in need. Include other citizen services highlighted in the report (such as the use of public health records, and how taxation and genealogy records can be utilized to detect and prevent fraud), and we open up an immense scope to drive the £33bn of savings the UK report estimates as achievable.