Military Operations Research Society 90th Symposium

This week we interrupt our regularly scheduled journaling of Coast Guard data efforts to discuss my experience at the Military Operations Research Society (MORS) 90th Symposium.  Overall, I have mixed feelings about the MORS Symposium.  I started my work as an analyst in the Coast Guard in February of 2020.  So, the MORS 88th andContinue reading “Military Operations Research Society 90th Symposium”

Implementing a Big Data Platform on CGONE NIPRnet

The Coast Guard hand selected its solution for an Integrated Data Environment (IDE) (analyst desires be damned).  Fast forward, and the Coast Guard’s Data Readiness Task Force (DRTF) awarded a contract to Enlighten IT Consulting, LLC (a BDP has not been implemented by any other company) to implement a Coast Guard Big Data Platform (BDP).Continue reading “Implementing a Big Data Platform on CGONE NIPRnet”

Initial Analyst Hopes for a Coast Guard Integrated Data Environment

Upon reporting to the Data Readiness Task Force (DRTF) and upon hearing discussions for procuring a Big Data Platform (BDP) for the Coast Guard, it was understandably not apparent a BDP was a specific data analytics solution the Coast Guard had already selected.  In fact, I thought BDP and Integrated Data Environment (IDE) were beingContinue reading “Initial Analyst Hopes for a Coast Guard Integrated Data Environment”

What is a Big Data Platform?

What do you think when you hear Big Data Platform (BDP)?  When I first reported to the Data Readiness Task Force (DRTF), I assumed that BDP was interchangeable with Integrated Data Environment (IDE).  “Big Data” and “Platform”.  It obviously must be some type of cloud based data analytics system.  Cloud based because otherwise average (andContinue reading “What is a Big Data Platform?”

Desires of a Coast Guard Analyst

In a previous post I highlighted that as an analyst in the Coast Guard each analysis was beginning the same way: which is to say, there is never an assumption the Coast Guard has data ready to go.  Common preliminary questioning often include: “Where is the data?” “You don’t have data.  Where can we getContinue reading “Desires of a Coast Guard Analyst”

A Coast Guard Data Lake

Thus far we established the Coast Guard is seeking a data lake.  We also established the Coast Guard’s persistent use of legacy software systems results in disparate, semi-structured data silos.  And the issue of these data silos is compounded by the data silos being legacy software systems.  Because as modern technology solutions are sought toContinue reading “A Coast Guard Data Lake”

Disparate, Semi-structured, Data Silos

Describing the Coast Guard’s current data stance without bias is a difficult thing to do.  Anyone who is an everyday user of the Coast Guard’s NIPRnet (CGONE), will have countless stories of Information Technology (IT) related issues to share.  And the Coast Guard’s data stance is deeply intertwined with legacy software systems that are eitherContinue reading “Disparate, Semi-structured, Data Silos”

Integrated Data Environments – An Introduction

Admittedly, the Department of Defense (DoD) (both Government and military organizations alike) uses a lot of acronyms.  Nonetheless, acronyms are not uncommon.  To an extent, I think the volume of acronyms used in DoD and the Coast Guard is hilarious.  This is why every time I perform an analysis, I force the title of theContinue reading “Integrated Data Environments – An Introduction”

Vice Chartered Task Force

In the U.S. Coast Guard a task force represents a temporary unit stood up to address a specific problem The Data Readiness Task Force (DRTF) was assigned the specific purpose of establishing policy for the Coast Guard’s data management and enabling the service to leverage the full potential of data as a strategic resource. WithContinue reading “Vice Chartered Task Force”

U.S. Coast Guard Data Readiness Task Force

On August 20th, 2020, an off-season solicitation hit the Coast Guard’s message board requesting officers to fill out a Data Readiness Task Force (DRTF).  This inception of the DRTF was aggressive.  The message was posted on August 20th with a response deadline of August 28th.  Which meant to answer the solicitation, the issue would haveContinue reading “U.S. Coast Guard Data Readiness Task Force”