Keeping the Public Safe Using Analytics in the Cloud

Suzanne Bartley |  October 2019

Let’s talk national security

When you hear the term “national security,” you might think of large boardrooms, world maps, and mission defense systems. But clichés are just a small part of the story.

Instead, national security comes in many forms, all relating to public safety, and much of it rests with data. Vulnerable data can compromise the identity of individuals and corporations, risking financial or personal harm. Meanwhile, data without visibility or without pipelines can fail to make its way through government, not delivering important insights that could stop a terrorist attack. These responsibilities deal with more than the intelligence community and defense agencies; they fall on the shoulders of every agency.

In a recent GovLoop article, David Bargh, Solution Manager for SAP Analytics Cloud at SAP NS2, talked about the centrality of data to national security and government operations.

“It’s not just about the data. It’s about the cybersecurity, the collaboration, how agencies and private sector coordinate and have transparency between each other.” – David Bargh

For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) stores information submitted about adverse events, faulty medication and product quality complaints, pinpointing safety hazards not noticed in testing. But if the right analytics aren’t available, important findings might not be discovered in timely fashion, or at all.

“They said, ‘If we don’t get this right, people die,’” Bargh said about FDA.

With advanced analytical tools, the FDA is able to discover dangerous linkages such as an unhealthy combination of medicines. With this information, department employees are able to issue warnings or take products off the shelves.

Why go to the cloud?

These sorts of insights are enabled by a variety of analytical tools including cloud-based analytics and capabilities. The advantage of the cloud is that it tears down silos, promotes standardization, and generates insights for analysts and business leaders alike. Analytics coming from the cloud result in agencies working from a single source of truth, allowing for greater collaboration and faster action.

“As the federal government moves to the cloud, we’re going to see much more standardization around data governance, in particular, but also probably questions around how we use analytics on all of that data.” – David Bargh

In addition to advanced analytics tools, SAP NS2 offers Qualtrics solutions, which provide a constant human feedback mechanism illuminating the “why” for decisions or results. When agencies enable intelligent business enterprise in the cloud, they are enabling employees to deliver more efficient and personalized customer service.

And, because of important government-wide security programs such as FedRAMP®, agencies are able to move data out of aging data centers into environments secured for modern-day risks and attacks.

The public sector has a responsibility to keep data secure. In the cloud, government can do just that, all the while gaining modern insights to fuel decision-making and service provision.

Key takeaway

Agencies are ready to move to the cloud, and there’s no safer time. As enterprises grow and data collections expanded, the cloud offers agencies certified secure solutions that provide a single source of truth and advanced insights.


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