When your organization consists of thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of individuals, managing the workforce becomes a challenge. For the U.S. armed services, the fundamental question is how to know which troops are available for a given mission or operation.
A simple headcount won’t do. Within a given pool of people, commanders need to know who has the right training and certifications, who is available based on recent deployment history, and a host of other factors. In the case of the Air Force, these questions extend beyond flight crews to the myriad of support personnel who ensure equipment is ready.
The information required to assess readiness and plan missions exists, but often in disparate data sources. Some information might be in more than one database in multiple enterprise systems of record. Some might be in a local base or camp servers, often in spreadsheets. Pulling it all together can be slow and fraught with inaccuracies.
What the services need is a way of pulling disparate data sources together such that the aggregate can be analyzed quickly and efficiently for insight into the workforce and its readiness.
That’s where DefenseReady comes in. It’s a data analytics application developed by Permuta Technologies on the Microsoft Dynamics platform. In this webinar, “Government Workforce Analytics: Insight and Impacts,” you’ll hear from three individuals with expertise on personnel requirements and the technology required to stay on top of it:
Mark Valentine, retired Air Force officer and account executive for strategic programs at Microsoft, explained the problem from a military commander’s point of view and how DefenseReady helps them fully understand and act on what’s going on in the workforce – including how its analytic capabilities enable forecasting and planning.
Betsy Appleby, chief operating officer at Permuta Technologies, explained the company’s deep background in Defense Department work and its partnership with Microsoft.
Dave Milton, chief technology officers at Permuta Technologies, described the important features of DefenseReady; its scalability, mobile and cloud capability, and security.
Tom Temin, Federal News Radio
Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006. Tom has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.
Mark Valentine, Account Executive for Strategic Programs, Microsoft
Mr. Valentine is an Account Executive for Strategic Programs at Microsoft where he focuses on delivering advanced technologies to warfighters. His most recent efforts include adapting cloud computing and advanced visualization technologies for immersive training and enhanced battle management and command and control applications. Additionally, he leads Microsoft’s relationships with Headquarters US Air Force, Air Force Materiel Command, US Air Forces in Europe and the Air National Guard.
Betsy Appleby is the Chief Operating Officer of Permuta Technologies, Inc. She has twenty-five years combined government and private industry experience as an innovator in providing enterprise IT solutions. Prior to joining Permuta in 2013 as the Chief Strategy Officer, Betsy severed as a consultant establishing Permuta’s DefenseReady offering within the DoD. Betsy oversees the service delivery team, maintains executive level relationships with Permuta’s customers and prospects, and ensures Permuta’s delivery objectives are met with each deployment.
Dave Milton, Chief Technology Officer, Permuta Technologies
Dave Milton is the Chief Technology Officer of Permuta Technologies, Inc., where he oversees the design, development, and technical implementations of DefenseReady. Dave manages the DefenseReady product team, which builds and delivers product updates and maintains DefenseReady’s compatibility with new versions of the Microsoft Dynamics platform and other Microsoft stack technologies such as SQL Server, Windows Server, etc. He also oversees the DefenseReady cloud services team, which is responsible for the creation and delivery of Permuta’s DefenseReady Cloud Service Offering.
Dave has worked at Permuta Technologies for over 11 years. He worked as a solutions architect for Permuta’s services business helping customers build business applications using Permuta’s Data Maintenance Engine.
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