This year the Economist made a bold statement: “[t]he world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data.”  And while it’s bold, it’s true. The ability to put data to work is changing not only how the private sector works, but how public sector organizations are meeting the mission and how higher education institutions are helping students succeed.

For public sector organizations, the challenges presented by this data-driven era are numerous, but they shouldn’t be overwhelming.  The key challenges that the GovDataDownload editorial team identified this year were how to put this data to work, how to secure the data, and how to build a data management infrastructure within the realities of a public sector budget.

As we look forward to 2018, we wanted to share our top three stories on how to thrive through a data-driven transformation.   These stories look at some of the data management infrastructure that provide reliability, scalability, security, and help organizations manage costs.

Myth Busters: Flash Storage Edition

Earlier this year, GovDataDownload decided to bust some myths around flash storage. While flash is the gold standard for large-scale data management because of its ability to reduce data center footprint, lower utility costs, and drive efficiencies, public sector organizations have been deterred from integrating it into their stacks. However, what we uncovered is that there are a lot of myths surrounding flash, chief among them rumors about cost! In this article Rob Stein, VP of US Public Sector, NetApp and Jack Nichols Manager of Public Sector Cloud Services, CDW-G bust some common myths about flash. Read on to find out more.

Do We Take Data Security Seriously Enough?

With the federal government emerging unscathed from this year’s catastrophic WannaCry attacks this summer, have we finally reached a point where we are taking data, or information, security seriously enough?

While there are certainly some promising signs, Dr. Greg Gardner, Chief Architect for Defense and Intelligence at NetApp still believes federal agencies have work to do when it comes to ensuring not only integrity but also agency resilience. For Dr. Gardner the key challenge that federal agencies face is no longer at the policy level, with rigorous guidance from NIST and clear direction from Executive Orders, but at the level of execution and enforcement within agencies. Here’s what Dr. Gardner shared with us earlier this year.

Why is Data so Important? It’s All About Delivering More to the End User

While there are many data management solutions on the market, the best ones are those that enable your organization to put data to work to deliver on the mission more effectively. One partnership that is truly delivering valuable customer insights to public sector organizations is the collaboration between NetApp and Splunk.

At this year’s Splunk Worldwide User Conference, the two companies showcased how their industry-leading solutions are enabling public sector organizations to deliver on the mission more effectively.  From the use of customizable algorithms, automation, and threat detection to the visibility that can be provided across the DevOps lifecycle. These two data-driven companies are finding new ways to partner to drive collaboration and help their end-users make data driven decisions.  As NetApp’s Stan Skelton commented after the show “[b]eing able to modernize storage through data management and data driven insights is essential today and we are able to do that with the power of our partnership.”

Learn more about the partnership between NetApp and Splunk here.