Photo from Dana Holmstrand at our Government Summit.
Tableau recently commissioned research with Market Connections that assessed how federal agencies collect, analyze and report their data. The online survey of 200 people was comprised of federal civilian, DoD/military, federal judicial and legislative individuals. More than half of respondents shared that their agencies have multiple data analytic products dispersed across the organization, groups and desktops, and 50 percent cited the top reason for not standardizing on one platform is that people don't want to stop using existing tools. When they see current products creating duplication of efforts, silos of poorly managed data, and confusion around data accuracy, it's no wonder there are hesitations and staff with their guard up.
With 2018 underway, the push for federal agencies is how to adapt to the Modernizing Government Technology Act and taking steps to make changes with their tech infrastructure to enhance how they deliver on their mission. More than likely, this has been met with internal concern, though. While some agencies sit in a pool of uncertainty, there is upside and benefits to standardizing on a single data analytics platform. And we discovered that there was recognition of these benefits amongst respondents. For instance: almost 50 percent realize a single analytics platform positively impacts their agency mission and 62 percent share that it provides clearer insights through data visualization.
Transitioning from a multi-tool environment where spreadsheets rule to a single analytics platform won't happen overnight, but there are incremental, easy steps that agencies can take to experience a smooth migration.