Leveraging data as a critical asset has been a challenge for Government agencies since before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, and now, having an incoherent data integration process is proving to be especially challenging. Government agencies are taxed with collecting, integrating, and analyzing vast amounts of ever-changing data from diverse sources. And time is of the essence, as these agencies must gain an accurate picture in real-time to plan and execute appropriate testing, contact tracing, and vaccination programs, and build out policy to lower the curve, send supplies, keep citizens safe, and save lives during the pandemic.
Here are the top four data integration capabilities needed by Government agencies to manage the current crisis:
1. Connecting Legacy and Cloud IT Systems for a Complete View
Government agencies have been slower to adapt to data transformation- often relying on legacy systems based on siloed application-database environments, and on spreadsheets and non-cloud-based mechanisms for critical insights on hospitals, nursing homes, medical providers, and more. Add to that the modern data management solutions that have been adopted by some organizations looking to modernize their systems, and there presents a real need to connect and integrate data into a single source of truth to gain a unified view for making mission-critical decisions.
2. Managing Large Data Volumes
Incredibly high volumes of data are surging into state, local, tribal and territorial governments. This data is constantly evolving and needs to be analyzed and re-analyzed to determine the best course of action and to implement effective policies and programming. This makes it imperative that a data integration strategy can scale without bottlenecks, move large amounts of data rapidly, and that actionable information can be accessed quickly for fast, high-performance reporting and analytics.
3. Ensuring Data Integrity
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of data integrity when managing the Covid-19 crisis. In the UK last Fall, close to 16,000 positive Coronavirus cases were misplaced due to an Excel spreadsheet error, meaning more than 50,000 potentially infectious people may have been missed by contact tracers and not told to self-isolate. An efficient integration strategy includes ways of ensuring data is up-to-the-minute for accurate critical insights when miscalculations can risk lives.
4. Keeping Data Secure and Compliant
To protect the health and trust of its citizens, Government agencies must ensure their data strategy is foolproof when it comes to data security and compliance. Managing the Covid-19 crisis involves a lot of sensitive data- like personal contact information and healthcare data. The pandemic also brings opportunities for fraudulent activity, with the inevitable bad actors who try to take advantage of or game the system. Government agencies have to guard against improper payments and fraudulent activity related to the massive stimulus package, as well as ensuring important funding reaches those citizens, health organizations, and businesses that need them the most. Additionally, ensuring data privacy and protection in accordance with the law helps maintain public trust, an important thing to have during a crisis.
Relational Junction: An All-in-one Data Integration Solution
Organizations across the globe are using Sesame Software’s Relational Junction data management solution which offers efficient and streamlined data integration for Government agencies. By replicating and consolidating data from disparate sources into a single reporting data warehouse, organizations are provided with a single source of truth for mission-critical insights. High-volume data connectors easily integrate and connect large data loads without bottlenecks and patented multithreaded technology means data is moving at the fastest possible speed. Relational Junction’s automated data syncs keep data fresh and up-to-the-minute for accurate reporting and the solution is fully compliant, ensuring data security.
While we don’t know what the future holds concerning Covid-19, we do know that Government agencies face many challenges with effectively and efficiently leveraging data to manage the current crisis. To learn more about how Relational Junction can help by providing fully compliant and streamlined data integration for Government agencies, request a demo with the Sesame team.