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IBM Business Analytics Government Forum


Keynote:  Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Keynote: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Paul DePodesta, The New York Mets VP of Player Development and Scouting, Entrepreneur & Subject of Moneyball

Paul DePodesta has made a career out of evaluating, measuring, and assigning value to talent. Currently vice president of player development and scouting for the New York Mets and a former GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, DePodesta first made his mark as part of the Oakland A's organization in the early 2000s, where he teamed with GM Billy Beane to use a highly analytical approach called "sabermetrics" to assemble a competitive baseball team on a shoestring budget.

Michael Lewis documented the A's remarkable success under the Beane-DePodesta team in his New York Times best-seller, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. The book has appealed not just to baseball fans, but also with business leaders looking for new approaches to stagnant systems. Overhauling, rather than merely tweaking the thought processes behind an outdated organization is essential for innovation and success, something DePodesta knows better than most. At the podium, the Harvard-educated executive discusses the innovative strategies he has used to create winning teams, as well as the application of those strategies in the federal government.

Keynote Address: Analytics in Public Sector: Extraordinary Innovation Keynote Address: Analytics in Public Sector: Extraordinary Innovation

Todd Ramsey, General Manager, IBM Federal

Today we are seeing widespread adoption of business analytics throughout the Public Sector to improve performance, to make smarter decisions and to achieve the best outcomes in programs and services to their constituents. Governments at all levels are using information presented and managed through business intelligence capabilities. This includes scorecards, dashboards and reporting, advanced analytics such as predictive analytics and what-if scenario planning, financial performance management capabilities around budgeting and other financial planning requirements, and governance, risk and compliance capabilities for insight into operational and financial risk management. This integrated solution approach from IBM Business Analytics is being used in the public sector to improve performance, deliver on mission goals, improve financial and operational performance, improve health care delivery, and enhance academic success.

In this session, we will outline how analytics is being used throughout the public sector and fits into mission, financial and operational requirements of organizations. Hear about best practice examples of government organizations that use IBM Business Analytics to achieve actionable insights through information and drive better decision-making and improved outcomes.

Keynote: Performance Strategies During times of Challenge, Change and Rising Citizen Expectations Keynote: Performance Strategies During times of Challenge, Change and Rising Citizen Expectations

Chris Mihm, Managing Director for Strategic Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office

In order to deliver high quality service to the citizens that demand them, organizations need to continuously analyze their business model to ensure they are following innovative best practices. To do this, agencies need to deploy a performance management framework that links operational and financial management plans so they can define and achieve their agency's mission and strategic goals. This keynote address will look at the current federal landscape and new management skills and best practices that are helping agencies to continue to drive innovation and service.


Opening Up Government: How to Unleash the Power of Information for New Economic Growth

Dan Chenok, Vice President for Technology Strategy,Public Sector Strategy & Innovation Practice,Senior Fellow, Center for The Business of Government, IBM Global Business Services
John Bordeaux, Ph.D., Associate Partner, Strategy & Innovation, Public Sector, IBM Global Business Services

The pressure on governments to make better choices, deliver results and demonstrate accountability is intensifying. There are new dynamics in the relationships among citizens, organizations and their governments long in the making. “Open” principles such as accessibility, transparency, collaboration and participation lie at the heart of these expectations. This session will help you realize and nurture the potential benefits of open government and how to strategically integrate information to enable desired economic outcomes.

Drive Innovation and Process Improvement with Business Analytics
Don Dellinger, Deployment Director, Joint Continuous Process Improvement Program, National Guard Bureau

The focus of government performance efforts is on being more effective and efficient – but do you know where to focus your efforts? Should it be on program innovation or process improvement, or both? No matter the decision, the underlying foundation is the use of business analytics. This session will look at how, with access to accurate and timely information, agencies can understand past, current and future performance to drive smarter outcomes and communicate those decisions.

A Data Approach to Safeguard American Agriculture
Todd Schroeder, Director, Business Systems Management, USDA-APHIS

The USDA/APHIS has expanded its focus on data to improve the quality, metrics, communication and implementation of decisions. Federal financial constraints force agencies to get lean and improve operational effectiveness and efficiencies. As the demand for timely, accurate information continues to evolve, hear how APHIS is evaluating its organizational culture to ensure it is effective in managing and delivering data and analysis.


Leadership Panel: Managing Performance across the Different Functional Levels of Government
Jon Desenberg, Senior Policy Director, The Performance Institute (Moderator)
Denise Lippunder, Partner, Public Sector BAO Enterprise Information Management, Global Business Services, IBM
Anthony Scardino, Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Patent and Trade Mark Office
Liz Scheffler, Chief of Operations, Library of Congress

Leaders understand that performance planning and a solid strategy deployment framework are critical elements for every federal agency. However, to fully utilize and embrace the benefits of a robust performance management system, both the support functions and key business units within government must be aligned with the overarching business strategy that is identified for short and long term progress. Join us during this interactive leadership panel as we discuss ways to inspire, mobilize and energize the mission enabling functions so that performance priorities are embraced, not just tolerated, or worse, resisted.

Using Performance Data to Make the Right Decisions
Thomas Palmer, Business Intelligence Systems Architect, U.S. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s has an annual budget of $1.74 billion and it manages a portfolio of ten research development demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) programs, creating the need for a robust information system. The system must allow for user accountability and keep pace with new energy efficiency initiatives and legislation that result from these policies. During this session you will learn how having the right information at the right time is helping the Department of Energy make the right decisions and get program performance data into the hands of the people that needed it the most; the analysts and executives.

Streamlining the Budget Process with Financial Statement Reporting
Paul Sforza, Principal, Deloitte Consulting, Strategy & Operations Federal Finance
Courtney Filer, Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting, Technology Information Management

Developing solid budget justifications can be a challenge when data is dispersed among multiple systems, individuals, and teams, and where there is no version control or systematic ways to validate the numeric values. In this session we will review how a Defense agency is using FSR to create a collaborative environment to manage the development of their budget justification book. Specifically, we will look at how to dissected the budget content and workflow so the respective stakeholders and owners can manage the data collaboratively, how to create controlled input mechanisms for manual input where necessary, and how to allow for simple checks and balances to be centrally managed and easily reviewed, to reduce error rates and the time spent on assembly.


Measuring the Effectiveness of National Security and Preventative Programs
Cathleen Berrick, Managing Director of Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Government directors who oversee programs that address issues of national defense, terrorism, crime and natural disasters must be able to measure key performance indicators. The need for up to date, accurate, cross- departmental information is critical; not being aware of an indicator being out of whack is too great. Join our speaker for this in-depth presentation on how agencies can use analytics to effectively measure and communicate the progress of national security programs.

A Predictive Analytic Approach to Support Cyber Intrusion, Detection: CyberFOAM
Dr. Aaron Ferguson, Technical Director, Cyber and Information, Analytics Office, National Security Agency

With more and more of our nation's critical assets and information being stored electronically, the risk of Cyber Threats accessing and stealing that content is an at all-time high. Daily intrusion attempts number the thousands-to-millions, and government agencies need to get smarter on how to best address the growing data volume and Predictive Analytics provides a key approach to do so. In this session, you will learn one approach that uses a statistics-based methodology for doing "first-pass" characterization of a cyber event, an intrusion, that can be applied to any problem (Cyber or other) that attempts to reduce the dimensionality of a data set and use this reduced data set for detection and classification.

From Data to Decisions: The Power of Analytics
John M. Kamensky, Senior Fellow and Associate Partner, IBM Center for The Business of Government

Whether agencies have fully immersed themselves in analyzing data, or have just begun the process, some basics have become apparent. If agencies want to improve program effectiveness and efficiency, and drive improved outcomes they need to manage performance, and to do so, they have to measure it. The measures agencies choose need to be meaningful and linked to a desired goal or result. During this session we will discuss why it is more critical than ever that federal leaders base their management decisions on accurate data and not on anecdotes, and how predictive analytics provides this needed insight to drive improved decision making and better outcomes.

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