DIG IT AWARD FINALIST: DATA, ANALYTICS & VISUALIZATION
A single tool for true systems insight
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics organization must track and manage more than 1,700 major weapon and materiel systems. It’s a massive undertaking that draws on widely disparate data sources, and the Army’s military readiness depends on DASA-CE’s ability to provide accurate and rapidly updated business intelligence.
With the Operating and Support Management Information System, the organization is significantly shortening that time to insight.
OSMIS has application programming interfaces for application integration and custom visualizations, and it gives developers clear structures for connecting previously siloed data and the freedom to customize their solutions for parsing and presenting that data. What were once labor-intensive static snapshots are now quickly evolving into dynamic visualizations, developed on a common platform, that can be updated as quickly as new data is received.
The cost savings associated with no longer having to manually join and format datasets are significant, but the bigger benefit is DASA-CE’s much improved capacity for scenario-based experimentation. Users are able to ask better questions of their data, make quicker and more informed business decisions, and optimize processes based on their findings.
By bringing state-of-the-art software and analytics techniques to its long-standing mission, DASA-CE can now focus on tackling the tough questions that analysts have struggled with for decades, such as determining the true cost of readiness in the Army.
Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.
Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.
Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.
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