ARLINGTON, Va. (June 24, 2014) -- Lt. Col. Promotable (P) Bobby Saxon, USA, Division Chief, G-3/5/7 DAMO-FME and Enterprise Management Decision Support (EMDS) system Program Manager, was recognized for the 2014 GOVTek GTRA Executive Technology Award for Excellence in Big Data, sponsored by the Government Technology Research Alliance, at a gala awards ceremony held at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia.

This is the 3rd annual GOVTek GTRA Executive Technology Award for government and public sector solutions and innovations. The award recognizes government and industry, IT leaders whose vision, innovation and remarkable accomplishments have improved efficiency, the delivery of government services, citizen engagement, information sharing, and national security.

"We are honored to recognize Lt. Col. Saxon for outstanding Big Data leadership in bringing together data owners and stakeholders to truly leverage Army systems and data to provide decision support," Parham Eftekhari, Co-Founder and EVP Research, GTRA.

The EMDS enterprise, developed and managed by the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7, provides Army leaders with access to critical disparate (classified and unclassified) readiness and resourcing information retrieved in near real-time from multiple databases to a single access point.

Lt. Col. Saxon joins an elite group of government (federal, state, local), military, and industry IT solution providers.

"No honor of this kind is possible without the support of a great team. Our team of government and contract personnel works tirelessly to ensure EMDS provides timely information in an easily accessible and understandable way. It is humbling to serve along side such talented professionals," said LTC Saxon.

Lt. Col. Saxon's military career spans over 30 years with all components of the Army. Lt. Col. Saxon has overseen the EMDS project since early 2011. In the private sector, he founded and operated a Customer Relationship Management software and consulting business for 11 years.

About GTRA: The Government Technology Research Alliance & Council brings together executive-level government technology Security, Enterprise Architecture, Green IT and Health IT leaders to collaborate, strategize and create innovative solutions. The semi-annual GTRA Technology Council Meeting address the topics identified through research with the government Council members and industry experts. By sharing best practices and lessons learned, knowledge is exchanged in a peer-to-peer forum, resulting in actionable government-wide strategic plans and cutting-edge solutions. Through a unique collaborative methodology, GTRA is revolutionizing the way government does business. For more information contact Deborah Kay:

About EMDS: The Department of the Army Force Management Enterprise Enterprise Management Decision Support (EMDS) is a SIPRNet based, web-enabled, data-driven, dashboard system that retrieves disparate data from multiple data sources in near real-time. EMDS provides Department of Army Leaders access to critical information (unit readiness, personnel, equipment and training resources), for predictive readiness / resources planning and forecasting.

For more information contact: Jolly Sienda at 703-545-4271,