Panel: Talent Management: Digital Transformation for the Warfighter
Mr. Dean Miller, Director for the Systems Planning and Integration Division, Headquarters Air Force
Mr. Brad Bunn, SES, Director, DLA Human Resources
Dr. Michael Parker, SES, Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director, Plans and Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
Mr. Craig Spisak, Director, US Army Acquisition Support Center
Happy Fall! I personally love this time of year. Pumpkin Spice, cooler weather, turning leaves. It’s a time for change - and change was clearly the theme of our panel. Mr. Miller started the panel by asking the question “Why Transformation?”. His answer? – He displayed a slide of all the systems with which HR, Acquisition and Planning interacts. It was a giant spaghetti chart. And he noted it was too complicated, too many systems and a bad ecosystem. He said that all the panelists were starting to make changes but needed the private sector to help. The panelists were in agreement in their introductory statements.
The questions that followed were varied in their topics. The first asked what was the talent management strategy for 2020 and beyond? Mr. Spisak’s response was that he had a Human Capital Strategic Plan that was built from the ground up with specific goals and metrics to achieve specific goals. The emphasis being an agile workforce so that they have the ability to do what they do now but much faster. Dr. Parker agreed but took it a lot farther and said that regulations and policies inhibit this agility and that the latency between human events and action was too long.
The second question asked the panelist who do they feel are the stakeholders are and how do they play a part in digital transformation? Mr. Bunn elicited many chuckles as he said “who isn’t a stakeholder” and that “everyone is an expert in HR”. He talked that the need is to leverage ERP systems across the department but still handle the unique needs of each component. Dr. Parker described a complex landscape and that he felt that the days of ERP have come and went. He felt we should be moving into a cloud based systems that moves from the “industrial age to digital age”.
Later in the panel was asked how they use data in the cloud to support decision making. Mr. Spisak led off the answers saying that traditional HR systems collect a lot of demographic data. However, since needs are rapidly changing, a skills database is what is really needed. The data in the cloud needs to be more robust around skills and competencies of the workforce because “at the end of the day it’s people get things done.” Mr. Bunn echoed this by saying they were sitting on a pile of data but don’t know how to get the story out.
Between the spaghetti chart and migration to the cloud, there is a lot of opportunity to help. Those in attendance got a chance to talk after the panelists one on one as all the gentlemen were generous with their time.
Our November lunch has another great topic: DoD Logistics Readiness and Modernization
Register to attend now so you don’t miss out. Also – Don’t forget about the AFCEA Small Business Enterprise IT Day. There is still room – be sure to register as it will sell out! And finally, for the young or young at heart, there is a Happy Hour on Tuesday November 14 at Pamplona in Clarendon hosted by our incredibly talented Young AFCEANs. Get out there and support your AFCEA!