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Project Title:  IT Business Analytics
Status:  Ongoing

Problem Statement:
The AF does not currently have a clear enterprise-wide view of IT spending, which has led to inefficiencies & FIAR deficiencies. Top recommendation from corporate CIOs during BTCC Round One was to establish business analytics capabilities to systematically aggregate and analyze IT spend data.

Project Description:
In 2013, the Secretary of the Air Force (SecAF) tasked the Under Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition to conduct under the Bending the Cost Curve (BTCC) initiative an effort focused on Information Technology (IT) due to a lack of a clear enterprise-wide view of IT spending, which has led to inefficiencies & FIAR deficiencies. PEO Business and Enterprise Systems (BES) and PEO Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N) were tapped to lead the effort and discussions with industry. The top recommendation from corporate Chief Information Officers (CIOs) during BTCC Round One was to establish business analytics capabilities to systematically aggregate and analyze IT spend data. As a result, on January 14, 2015, SecAF announced the official stand up of the IT Business Analytics Office (IT BAO) as part of PEO BES, Maxwell-Gunter Annex, with the goals of analyzing data from various sources in an effort to identify waste and opportunities to drive efficiencies and cost reductions.

 

IT Business Analytics is defined as evidence based decision-making for Information Technology. The concept is to use a team of operations researchers armed with analytical tools that analyze data from various sources in an effort to identify waste and opportunities to drive efficiencies and cost reductions. In some future state, the analysis completed by the data analytics team would feed into a governance process to allow for trade-off decisions by senior leaders. Examples of trade-offs as they relate to IT include technology refresh cycles, hardware demand planning, and return on investment calculations, among others.