Defense

Prescriptive analytics planned for Navy Data Platform

The Navy Data Platform has been live for barely two weeks, but additional functionality is already on the way.

Cmdr. Robert Winters, executive officer for the Naval Supply Systems Command Business Systems Center, said the platform, which launched July 1 and offers self-service analytics to support data-driven decision-making by those who manage the Navy's vast supply chain, is essential to managing risk. "Data-centricity is key," Winters said at FCW's July 16 briefing on supply chain security, and the new platform is already delivering both traditional business intelligence and predictive analytics to a broad range of users.

The next step, he said, is to bring prescriptive analytics into the mix -- an addition "that will get to some of those rare [but] high-impact failures that we'd like to predict in the supply chain so that we can mitigate risk."

The Naval Supply Systems Command is "currently in the downselect for the technology stack that will get us into the prescriptive analytics realm," Winters said. He declined to predict a specific timeframe for that decision but noted that "the fact I'm allowed to talk publicly about this" was a sign of the project's momentum.

About the Author

Troy K. Schneider is the Editor-in-Chief of both FCW and GCN, two of the oldest and most influential publications in public-sector IT. Both publications (originally known as Federal Computer Week and Government Computer News, respectively) are owned by GovExec. Mr. Schneider also serves GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands.

Mr. Schneider previously served as New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw the online operations of The Atlantic Monthly, National Journal, The Hotline and The Almanac of American Politics, among other publications. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Mr. 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, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.

Mr. Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.

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