New WSO2 White Paper Explores Solution Architecture for Modernizing Big Data Analytics Within the Government Intelligence Community

White paper from WSO2 examines how to optimize the storage, management and analysis of big data using open source tools that are established and well vetted

Palo Alto, CA – May 16, 2013 – Today, commercial organizations are storing, retrieving, analyzing and exploiting large and disparate data sets, which are often geographically dispersed and subject to extraordinary security measures. As a result, the global IT industry has evolved powerful tools to optimize the storage, management and analysis of big data. For many valid reasons, military and civilian intelligence communities (IC) in the United States have been slow to exploit these tools, despite collecting orders of magnitude more information than ever. A new white paper from WSO2 examines how IC executives, CIOs and acquisitions managers can apply lessons learned by commercial IT organizations in using open source big data solutions to maximize organizational capabilities, mitigate analyst workloads, achieve more accurate and rapid intelligence analysis, and foster widespread adoption—all while lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) over time.

The white paper, “Managing Big Data for the Intelligence Community,” explores the nature of the big data problem facing the intelligence community. The paper examines the existing tools the IC has developed to handle intelligence collection, data ingestion, transport, storage, analysis and exploitation. It then explores the leading big data challenges facing the intelligence community and why IC executives and CIOs are re-examining their roadmaps for existing tools. The paper concludes by offering architects and developers a cost-effective prototype solution architecture for managing big data, which enables a timely implementation and is based on modern, established open source data management and analytics tools that are established and widely adopted.

The paper can be downloaded at

About the Author

Adam Firestone is WSO2 director of defense and government solutions. In this role, he works across the scope of the WSO2 team to understand and craft technology solutions that address the unique challenges facing today’s military, intelligence and government organizations. A former US Army officer and defense industry IT executive, Adam has led the design and development of critical weapons and command and control systems, as well as spearheading the integration of open source software and principles within the defense enterprise. He recently was awarded the Historic Breechloading Smallarms Association’s 2012 President’s Cup and Gold Medal.

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