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By Scott Weber


FreePint interviewed Scott Weber, who heads up Opera Solutions Government Services, specialists in turning big data into "actionable data", and found out how they can create alerts and recommendations to gain "anticipatory intelligence" that enables front-line workers to make better decisions, faster.


Big Data in ActionRecently, FreePint met with Scott Weber, who heads Opera Solutions Government Services (“OSGS”), a subsidiary of Opera Solutions. The company’s scientists and engineers create and provide open source “data exploitation” capabilities to government agencies as well commercial security professionals and analysts. Scott provided some insights into the fascinating world of Opera Solutions and big data in general.

For example, Scott pointed out that customers require new capabilities to turn the growing world of big data into an environment of “small data”, or actionable findings, alerts and recommendations that enable front-line workers to make better decisions, faster.

"If you look at the history of information technology and the explosion of IT in the 1980s, it was all about getting information," Scott commented.  "For a long time, the chant was: ‘We need more information, we need more information, we need more information.’"

"Now the pendulum has swung in the other direction," he continued. "We’re at a point where it is nearly impossible to keep up with the information because data is growing exponentially."

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Editor's Note: Big Data in Action

This article is part of the FreePint Topic Series: Big Data in Action, which includes articles, reports, webinars and resources published between April and June 2013. Learn more about the series here.


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Scott Weber brings a history of legal and governmental experience to Opera Solutions Government Services. He's been a partner at two leading international law firms and has served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary at the US Department of Homeland Security, and is a Senior Advisor to the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. He has also been Special Counsel to the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate of the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee, and a member of former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine's Advisory Committee on Police Standards.

Scott appears frequently as an expert on national security on broadcast outlets including Fox News, CNBC, CNN, and BBC Television. He has also written for, Security Debrief, and The National Journal. In addition to his role at OSGS, Scott is a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP, and a Senior Advisor at The Chertoff Group, LLC.

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