"The public sector is undergoing incredible change due to big data, whose effects reach deep into both the business and mission. Agency and organization leaders are discovering new ways to harness the potential of big data and improve existing data management processes. Yet, the rapid proliferation of data and its expansive effects to analysis and operations pose systemic challenges for many agencies and organizations. Agency IT teams must balance data utilization, visibility, and access against the influx of data volume and the growing number of sources, actors, and applications. This must be accomplished while still maximizing existing infrastructure investments and skills and upholding proper security and compliance policies. With Intel and Cloudera, a Hadoop-powered EDH becomes the focal point for mission analytics and the fulcrum for achieving maximal operational efficiency with big data for the agency. The culmination of the full stack of operational efficiencies, from the accelerated processing of advanced hardware engineering to the computing and data convergence and power of an EDH, means agencies are truly approaching “actionable intelligence” with the advent and growth of big data."