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This newsletter features two new reports, Realizing the Promise of Big Data by Kevin C. Desouza and Managing Budgets During Fiscal Stress: Lessons for Local Government Officials by Jeremy M. Goldberg and Dr. Max Neiman. Desouza conducted extensive interviews with chief information officers across the United States at the federal, state, and local level to better understand the implementation challenges facing CIOs and their organizations as they undertake big data projects. Goldberg and Neiman analyze the financial experiences of California local governments from 2007 to 2013 and present findings and recommendations for managing at the local level given budget constraints.
Author: Kevin C. Desouza
Professor Desouza provides a clear and useful introduction to the concept of big data. He describes the differences in the use of big data in the public and private sectors. Desouza describes how big data is being used in federal, state, and local government today. His examples include the Internal Revenue Service, the state of Massachusetts, and the New York City Business Integrity Commission. He then presents 10 key findings from his research and provides detailed descriptions of the three key stages in implementing a big data project: planning, execution, and post implementation.
Authors: Jeremy M. Goldberg and Dr. Max Neiman
Like many local governments across the nation, cities and counties in California were impacted heavily by recent economic problems. This report examines what happened to local California government revenues during this period, which services have been adjusted, how employee benefits have been treated, and what innovations have been introduced. The report concludes with recommendations for local governments across the nation.
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