Can data overload in the IC be tamed?

By Mark Wisinger, senior analyst

In an era with more sensors and data than ever before, how can intelligence agencies separate the significant data from the background noise?

Data management is an enormous challenge right now in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, especially as the internet of things emerges onto the scene. The big data challenges are linked hand-in-hand with cloud implementation, insider threats and cybersecurity, business intelligence and traditional IT infrastructure.

This data management challenge is an opportunity for big data vendors, with defense and intelligence agencies looking to the private sector for solutions in data access and search, data labeling and filtering and other management needs.

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Change is coming to the intelligence community

mark-wisinger_65x85ic_013117By Mark Wisinger, senior analyst

Before President Trump entered office, there was widespread speculation on how he would change the intelligence community. Incoming administrations typically lean on intel agencies to get up to speed on security issues, yet this election cycle featured President Trump’s open criticism of the three letter agencies.

It’s safe to assume there will be a few changes in this space. Much of the tension and debate is beyond the scope of this blog, but I’ll break down two significant changes I’m predicting will shake things up for IT procurement.

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An early look at the Transportation Command’s technology needs

mark-wisinger_65x85By Mark Wisinger, senior analystUS Transportation Command

Anyone doing business with the Combatant Commands should keep a close eye on the Defense Personal Property System and the Integrated Multi-Modal Operations programs at the US Transportation Command. Both will need industry help starting in late FY17 and companies should have these opportunities on their radar now.

Several of these requirements were detailed at TRANSCOM’s IT Industry Day on Dec. 8, along with IT focus areas for its program portfolio.

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Why you need to pay attention to DLA

mark-wisinger_65x85data-analytics_110316By Mark Wisinger, analyst

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a large organization that handles logistics combat support for the Department of Defense. It also happens to have a $720 million FY17 IT budget. And as we recently heard from DLA Program Executive Officer, Bill Tinston, the agency has several IT initiatives that should be on the radar of data solution providers, as well as infrastructure and cloud vendors.

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Big IT Opportunities at Small Defense Agency

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Defense Security Service’s Second Annual Technology Industry Day.

mark-wisinger_65x85By Mark Wisinger, Analyst

The Defense Security Service (DSS) is a small agency with a big job—the Quantico-based Department of Defense organization provides the military services, defense agencies, 30 federal agencies, and 13,500 cleared contract facilities with security support services.

It’s also an agency with a significant need for technology. At its second annual Technology Industry Day earlier this month, DSS chief information officer, Craig Kaucher (pictured, red tie), cited four key mission areas: industrial security, education and training, insider threat, and IT support.

Here are other takeaways from the event:

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Business and Operations Opportunity at DeCA

mark-wisinger_65x85DeCA BizOpers_083116By Mark Wisinger, Market Intelligence Analyst

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), which operates a chain of grocery stores for military personnel and their families, is quietly scaling its IT organization and footprint, creating an opportunity for vendors in the business and operations market.

The Enterprise Business Solution (EBS), DeCA’s new point-of-sale system, is receiving a funding bump in FY17 for customer relationship management (CRM) and financial information management solutions as the program expands. DeCA’s industry partner is NCR Government, which is the prime contract holder until 2020.

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Consolidation Ain’t Just for Data Centers

mark-wisinger_65x85data centerBy Mark Wisinger, Analyst

The Department of Defense has a multitude of agencies with missions varying from missile defense to audit compliance. The challenge is noticing the subtle overall trends that permeate their IT priorities.

One word describes what the agencies are up to: Consolidation. It’s happening on several fronts, including procurement, the data center, and the application portfolio.

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