RISING STAR

Ryan Swann: Keeping the workforce on track

Name: Ryan M. Swann

Age: 30

Organization: Office of the Chief Information Officer, Treasury Department

Title: Business Intelligence Team leader

Nominated for: Leading the development of a system that helps human resources managers sift through huge volumes of personnel data and gauge how well their agencies comply with HR policies and goals. Swann developed the Workforce Analytics product — part of the Treasury Department’s HR Connect Line of Business — using commercial technology, making it possible to develop new reports with minimal effort.

First IT mentor: Professor Nelson Perez at the University of Maryland at College Park. Not only did he have an awesome, positive attitude about everything, including some really complicated stuff, but he had a great impact on my career. He showed me that you can solve just about any problem in computer science, IT or life by just having the right perspective and a little ingenuity. I then began to learn that 20 percent of life is what happens to you and 80 percent [is] how you respond.

Latest accomplishment on the job: In June 2010, Deputy Assistant Secretary/CIO Mike Duffy awarded the Business Intelligence Team the Innovation Award in recognition of our innovative approach in applying technology. In addition to our planned major projects last year, we completed more than 20 unplanned projects/major tasks and continued to produce substantial cost savings to the department and other government agencies.

Career highlight: Because of costs associated with outsourcing a business intelligence solution, I was asked to be part of the team to federalize and manage the solution. Our team had little experience, but we began to quickly gear up on business intelligence, and almost overnight, I became a subject-matter expert. Although it was a lot of work on the front end, we saved an enormous amount of time [and] money and developed a [business intelligence] solution that has proven to be well worth it.

Favorite job-related bookmark: Google and Microsoft Business Intelligence.

Favorite app: Job-related: SharePoint 2010; non-job-related: HTC Sense for Android.

Dream non-IT-related job: Assuming that I stay in the federal government, to reach the management level of the Senior Executive Service or equivalent political appointee. Otherwise, my dream job would definitely be [to be] an elected state or federal official.


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