North Carolina expands data analytics capabilities

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North Carolina Expands its Data Analytics Capabilities

The State of North Carolina will advance its data integration and analytics capabilities by coordinating all agency business intelligence efforts through the Government Data Analytics Center (GDAC).

GDAC was established in 2007 to discover value in data and integrate analytics into agency business strategies. It developed and manages programs that include the North Carolina Financial Accountability and Compliance Technology System (NC FACTS) a fraud, waste and improper payment detection effort; and the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services (CJLEADS), a criminal justice data integration system used extensively by law enforcement agencies across the state.

The North Carolina General Assembly, recognizing those accomplishments and the increasing value of data analytics, moved GDAC from the Office of the State Controller to the Office of Information Technology Services in 2014. Legislators also mandated that all State agency business intelligence initiatives be implemented through GDAC.

“North Carolina has demonstrated the value of data analytics in uncovering fraud and improving public safety”, said State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes. “Increased data-sharing will allow all state agencies to operate more efficiently and effectively.”

Estes also named John Correllus as Director of GDAC. Correllus had broad experience in government technology, having served as an agency CIO and business intelligence director. In his new role, he will position GDAC as a Center of Expertise to govern, secure, manage, and standardize data across state agencies. The GDAC CoE will improve decision-making across state agencies by integrating analytics into their business applications and processes.

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