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Global Big Data Defence Summit 2017
Global Big Data Defence Summit 2017 25/05/2017
Optimizing Data Governance for Defence

John Murphy, Head of Programs - Big Data Solutions Architect, US Department of Defence, Missile Defence Agency, will be speaking on Day 1, Monday 26th June 2017, 14.30 Data Governance and Big Data

1. Can you provide an overview of your experience in the US defence agencies?

I have worked on and off as a contractor in defence since the early 1990’s when I worked as a contractor with defence logistics and personal systems. At the time the ability to move to three tiered architectures in the pre-internet world was a major advance. Relational data bases and meta data driven front ends provided capabilities that were new and exciting. In many ways the introduction of JAD/RAD design and prototyping techniques were well ahead of commercial data management and software development. The integration of designers, developers and business representatives would not be available to commercial development until the adoption of Agile methodologies 15 to 20 years later.

More recently, as in the Missile Defence Agency and the Department of the Army IPPSA program, my experiences have focused on using big data and ERP to centralize and standardize operational and analytical data into information assets within the various organizations. This level of integration provides a richer and higher quality set of data and information assets capable of running the organization in a more cost effective and leaner fashion. It also requires a mature and formal set of processes and procedures to integrate these information assets without loss management. The level of information requires all workers as well both Federal employees and contractors to work closer with a better understanding of the purpose and meaning of the information assets at hand. The integration results in the formal “Data Lake” approach to big data that brings new value to agency information assets.

Various regulations, mandates and directives will be implemented through these agencies as part of their data governance processes. The results will be more effective program and project management along with improved overall efficiencies. Along with improved operational performance metrics from the various agencies and organizations I believe you will see a better and more justifiable planning and cost justification for projects and programs. The ability to use these performance measures will support straight up program performance measures not previously available. The ability to integrate this information through big data analytic capabilities offers a new opportunity not available until recently.

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