What's next for the Federal IT landscape? For starters, by 2020 there will three times as many devices as there are people in the world, growing the volume of data to petabytes, exabytes, and even zettabytes. Knowing what we’re up against, government agencies are reshaping their approaches to better manage this data deluge. But today's big data buzz is not new -- for more than twenty years, big data has been evolving into the hot topic we see in the Federal IT in 2017. Today, big data is becoming more important than ever before because of the need to analyze the increased amount of unstructured data to meet modern agency demands. Agencies are feeling the pressure to implement big data technologies, but the road ahead is not so simple. It’s riddled with speed bumps and pot holes – lack of budget and appropriate resources, as well as legacy systems.