Air Force expands data warehouse

Air Force expands data warehouse

The Air Force agreed this month to spend $18 million to expand its Enterprise Data Warehouse, run by the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

The warehouse, built with technology from the Teradata division of NCR Corp. of Dayton, Ohio, began operation in 2001. Air Force officials use the system to assess the readiness its aircraft, monitor their configuration and analyze individual aircraft histories to give commanders more information on deployable aircraft.

Phase 2 of the project, which is under way, includes integrating aircraft maintenance information with data that comes from the Air Force supply chain. Expanding the repository will let the materiel command pull in contracting, financial and transportation information.

'The Air Force operates over 6,000 aircraft from air bases around the world and a $33 billion parts inventory to keep those aircraft flying,' said Mike Riley, Air Force Enterprise Data Warehouse program manager at the materiel command. 'We saw the opportunity to support both the combat side and the business side of operations by providing a central, relatable and current analytical data repository that integrated information from all areas to provide a single, trusted view of the enterprise and all its components.'

The Greentree Group of Beavercreek, Ohio, a Teradata reseller, won the contract for the expanded data warehouse. BearingPoint Inc. of McLean, Va., is the prime contractor for the data warehouse project and will provide application development and integration services.

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