During a workshop on data standards and the DATA Act, Bill Franks of Teradata said the first step toward cutting waste and streamlining data in government is centralizing how it’s managed. “This is not revolutionary or futuristic,” he said. “These are standard processes that commercial organizations do every day.”
That's not totally fair. There are plenty of commercial organizations who struggle to bring consistency and coherence to their data assets – and not just distributed or federated organizations. With the growing diversity of value chains, the concept of centralization is becoming even harder to turn into reality. Also, public servants have traditionally been pretty good at formulating standard processes and rolling them out.
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