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Chicago's Data Projects: Overblown or On Target?

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/29/2014 3:04:56 PM
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Re: Hope it goes all the way
Great input, mejiac. Indeed, ROI needs to be pretty specific, and a plan needs to be well organized, to convince management to invest in an area they may not even really understand.

mejiac
mejiac  
1/28/2014 2:28:04 PM
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Re: Hope it goes all the way
@Mary Jander,

My thinking is that this is where good project management comes into play.

If you present an overall project, and have it broken down into phases and specific milestones, and report agains those, then you may be able to justify any type of increases (labor rate, additional requirements because of regulation changes, specific laws). There are many reasons that a project cost can increase because of unforseen events, reason why it's very important to have SMEs present in all aspects to be able to advise and consult.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/28/2014 1:11:40 PM
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Re: Big Data projects abound
You ask a really great question, @Daved, for which I have no answer. Since these data projects emerge from IT, one would think there's awareness of the need for infrastructure budget as well.

This is a great question to ask Brenna Berman herself, when she joins us for FC Radio in March. Stand by for specifics!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/28/2014 1:08:41 PM
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Re: Hope it goes all the way
Indeed, @mejiac, projects that exceed budget for a few years, or even for a couple of years, risk losing support. It's sad. All the more reason to be clear up front about expectations. Still, that kind of clarity isn't always possible, is it?

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
1/28/2014 9:26:39 AM
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Re: Big Data projects abound
@Mary, While I understand the need for Data (Afterall I work on Aircraft Data Information Systems), i'm just not hearing enough about the other Infrastructure projects that are in the works either Federal, State or Local.

I guess I'm asking if we are putting Data ahead of Infrastructure?

mejiac
mejiac  
1/27/2014 3:48:47 PM
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Re: Hope it goes all the way
@Mary Jander,

And I think that's were project buy-in becames delicated.

If it's not made clear what the possible estimates will be (presented worst/best case scenerios), stakehodlers will be hesitant to sign off.

And because so many projects loose traction, I think many are expecting for projects to lose steam after the first year in.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/27/2014 10:04:37 AM
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Re: Big Data projects abound
Well, the backers of big data projects would say those specific issues are the ones that stand to benefit from their work, @Daved. They point to information that could not be obtained except through their efforts, and they make compelling cases.

Check out IBM's Smarter Cities site and Microsoft's CityNext program  to see what I mean.

 

 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/27/2014 10:02:57 AM
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Re: Hope it goes all the way
Thanks for the input, mejiac! Very interesting. Yes, I do think new projects, ones that break ground in different ways, are unknown quantities at first. It's tough to predict what they'll turn up. Still, I think it's important to try and create estimates, then add to a budget if need be.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
1/27/2014 9:31:22 AM
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Big Data projects abound
Mary,

Are cities putting too much into Big Data and not enough on other projects like Energy, Recycling, transportation, infrastructure, healthcare, housing and the like?

I see alot of artiles on the subject of data but not enough on the other issues that are important as well.

piratejulie
piratejulie  
1/26/2014 6:37:34 PM
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Bluster or Substance
Thank you for that reminder about Google.  Its needed, particularly when Data Projects are being imagined.

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