Booz Allen’s approach to big data and analytics features innovative visualization tools that give people who are not computer experts direct access to the data and analytics, without the need for intermediaries. Precision medicine researchers can ask questions of the data and look for patterns and connections—using plain English, as easily as doing a Google search.
While data scientists may still need to help with particularly complex inquires, researchers can do much of the work on their own. They can freely explore the data, pursuing new ideas and following hunches wherever they might lead.
Democratizing the data and analytics goes beyond technology. As part of our approach, we help organizations build a spirited culture of analytics by focusing on elements such as collaboration, experimentation, and buy-in. And we provide training that shows non-experts how to use data and analytics to get real-world precision medicine insights. One of the most important lessons we’ve learned as management and technology consultants is that problems aren’t solved by tools alone. It’s how the tools are paired with people that counts.