Harnessing Data in Motion for Government Agencies

Today’s public sector organizations and government agencies demand a new standard for communicating and sharing information. That includes data-rich content that moves through environments, networks and locales. From being stored, analyzed and shared, to quickly and effectively moving between environments, to spinning up in clusters and informing endless applications—data is more critical than ever. 

It’s equally critical to have a stable, reliable partner in making full use of all that data, providing a foundation for data-driven operations and the “air cover” security necessary for amplifying the art of what’s possible and relentlessly pursuing excellence.

Data in motion can be transformative for organizations, but strong partnerships are essential in order to turn a torrent of fragmented information into actionable intelligence—whether it’s an application, an algorithm or a C-suite executive that’s doing the acting. As variety, volume and velocity—or the “three Vs” of data—gain further momentum, it’s never been a better time to capitalize on the masses of data streaming into an organization from IoT sensors, social media, global markets, physical goods and countless other sources.

From universities to aircraft manufacturers to commercial trucking operators, the power of data in motion has improved students’ educational experiences, enhanced flight safety and increased road reliability. By cultivating data and applying capabilities for collection, storage, dissemination and advanced analytics, vastly different organizations were able to turn their data into tools and solutions that advanced their missions and outcomes.

Different Customers, Aligned Goals

At Florida State University, leaders faced multi-pronged data challenges. They were constrained by limited technical staff and resources, and without a secure method for collecting, storing, processing and analyzing data, they were losing valuable information. FSU needed an easier way to more effectively and more efficiently address their IT issues.

With Cloudera’s help, the institution was able to automate key metrics and utilize predictive analytics to track student performance, identify who may be falling behind, and scale resources according to projected demand—such as online access during finals.

Cloudera’s solution not only addressed the main issues, but also provided additional unexpected benefits, such as identifying students potentially cheating. With new tools for making sense of trends, departments across the university could make better-informed decisions, such as adjusting testing time according to demand—evolving the institution’s existing system into more effective one without losing data or creating system instability.  

Stable, reliable systems supporting a wide range of implementations were central to digital transformation at Navistar, where decision-makers wanted to eliminate unplanned maintenance on their trucks and freight haulers. 

With Cloudera’s SDX, Navistar was able to build an IoT-powered, remote diagnostics platform that alerts drivers to potential maintenance issues with their trucks and freight haulers. Now, smartphones and tablets are used by fleet and vehicle owners to monitor truck health. Through this diagnostics platform, Navistar was able to identify parts needed to fix an issue and find a local service location with technicians that could provide the part and resolve the problem.   

 Cloudera’s extensive public sector experience helps its engineers, architects and consultants respond to government needs with the adequate know-how and sensitivity to suggest and implement mission-specific solutions.  

 Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin Company), wanted to accurately predict and resolve potential aircraft problems before they caused emergency flight landings or safety issues. By implementing a customized combination of Cloudera’s comprehensive suite of offerings and analytics tools, Sikorsky can reliably store and process flight and equipment data. This allows entire fleets to analyze large data sets—and frees up Sikorsky personnel to focus their attention on the aviation problems requiring human attention.  

Cloudera’s ability to use data in motion and tailor their various solutions to each client is instrumental in providing customers with a flexible, modern platform that is built on agility and service—regardless of their market, sector or data journey.

Interested in learning more?  Join us on August 13 as we discuss Streaming Analytics in the Real World – Key Industry Use Cases.

Nasheb Ismaily
Senior Solutions Engineer, Public Sector
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