DVIDS – News – AFIMSC accelerates change in the entire company with big data

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SHARED BASIS SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center improves data-driven decision-making processes in the aerospace forces. The center hosted a Big Data Summit June 15-17 to share its data management strategy, vision, and ongoing efforts with key stakeholders.

“It’s no surprise that over the past two to three years the way we use data and how much we rely on data has grown exponentially in our organization,” said AFIMSC Commander Maj. Gen. Tom Wilcox. “With a corporate approach, we can set standards for our data management and make relevant information available to our decision-makers in the aerospace forces in real time.”

The summit’s namesake, Big Data, refers to processes that help interpret the large amounts of information that is collected and stored in the modern IT environment. AFIMSC’s Data and Analytics Working Group has been at the forefront of the Air Force’s big data movement since its inception, said Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data Officer of the Air Force, in her opening remarks.

“Two years ago, the Chief Data Office was brand new. We needed someone to work with to show the value of data and be part of this ‘digital transformation’, ”said Vidrine. “It was AFIMSC that had the vision and drive to make data available, accurate, and actionable for every installation commander across the department.”

AFIMSC was one of the first agencies to use the visualization tools of the data platform Visible, Accessible, Understandable, Linked and Trusted or VAULT to create their Installation Health Assessment, to save the Air Force months of work and to provide the commanders with consolidated data analyzes about their health Investments.

“With AFIMSC’s ongoing partnership, more than 3,000 airmen log into VAULT every day to get data up and running at the speed of relevance,” added Vidrine.

Col. Ernest Vasquez, Senior Director and Chief Architect at the Secretary of the Air Force Chief Data Office, noted that more work needs to be done to consolidate the vast amounts of information across the Air Force and turn it into usable data.

“There’s a lot of data in the form of emails, presentations, spreadsheets, reports, text, and so on,” said Vasquez. “We’re trying to collect it in one place and make it available to all commanders, and we want to make sure the data is relevant and of good quality. So we have to look at how we ingest data. ”

To achieve this, AFIMSC and the Chief Data Office are seeking the industry to incorporate best practices for developing and refining big data platforms.

“There are tools that Fortune 20 companies have been using for a while, and we want to follow suit,” said Vasquez. “Even with our additional security protocols, we’re figuring out how to get them on board and make sure they’re safe and secure.”

In addition to AFIMSC’s data consolidation efforts, the summit included updates on Enterprise IT-as-a-Service, CDO Cyperspace, Basing & Logistics Analytics Data Environment and IT strategies for AFIMSC’s primary child units.

AFIMSC Chief Information Officer Michael Osborn shared his vision for the agency’s data strategy: supporting the DoD and Air Force data efforts, establishing the AFIMSC data governance structure, advocating AFIMSC data sharing, supporting data-aware organizations, and deployment tactical advantages through data.

The three day summit ended with breakout sessions including a working group on data analysis, governance of civil engineering IT and the VAULT platform, data literacy and future skills.

“These initiatives and efforts are aligned with the IT and cybersecurity strategies of the DoD and the Air Force,” said Marc Vandeveer, AFIMSC’s chief innovation officer. “And now, with these tools, we’re ready to take the next steps to align data sources so our action leaders across the company can make informed, confident decisions.”

Recording date: 06/17/2021
Release Date: 06/17/2021 6:47 PM
Story ID: 399230
Place: SHARED BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, TX, USA

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