By Ms. Elizabeth Behring (AMC)April 12, 2017
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, Director, Office of Business Transformation, led a roundtable session with several Army Materiel Command leaders at AMC headquarters April 11.
The roundtable, also facilitated by AMC Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/4, Maj. Gen. Steven Shapiro, featured representatives from Shapiro's staff, as well as G-1, G-8, G-6, the Army Materiel System Analysis Activity and the Logistics Support Activity.
"I want to walk away from this roundtable with three or four items to bring back to the Chief of Staff of the Army. Across all parts, what we do is what's best for the Army as a whole. If it's Army-related, we're sitting on top of it," Cardon said.
The Office of Business Transformation's role is to continuously assist the Army in transforming its business operations across the Army enterprise, to best use the nation's resources.
To accomplish this, OBT develops strategy and policy, enables objective governance, champions best business practices and facilitates solutions across the Army, in order to provide ready forces in the most efficient and fiscally responsible way to the nation.
The Army Business Strategy, 2017-2021, published in June 2016, provides a strategic foundation for the Army to apply enterprise approaches to improve business operation, with the ultimate goal of generating and sustaining readiness for the warfighter.
OBT is able to accomplish this, in large part, due to the collection and organization of data from myriad sources, including LOGSA computers, which store two terabytes of data, which is the equivalent of 5,000 trees' worth of paper. LOGSA is located on Redstone Arsenal.
If the Army as a collective unit uses cloud storage, said Steven Kratzmeier, AMSAA's chief of logistics engineering and analysis, the costs are then shared, resulting in better maintenance overall.
"With 300 analysts at AMSAA, we do a lot of analysis. We collect data through weapons performance, models and simulations -- typically at a battalion or below -- or by other means. We generate the data, collect it and pull it in, but we need to establish and maintain meaningful patterns. Just because we can get a lot of data, doesn't mean it's right," Kratzmeier said.
The roundtable continued with the leaders discussing best ways to determine what information is worthy of long-term storage for later retrieval, and to recognize that the same data can look different to different groups of people.