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IN FOCUS: Solution Lens – Army Technology

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RATING 2022
Excellence Innovation Praised

2022 Army Technology Excellence Awards and Rankings – Verdict

The solution lens is a software vendor headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its platform is designed to transform public sector planning into a more responsive, connected process. The company is ranked this year in Innovation category in 2022 Rating of army technology.

Founded in 2005 and based on proven decision science, Decision Lens provides the prioritization framework, automation, collaboration and scenario planning tools you need to maximize every dollar and accomplish the mission.

The decision-making lens has become entrenched throughout the Department of Defense, and customers, including the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force, rely more and more on the tool every year. One major success story can be found in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

Demonstration at the Decision Lens booth at the 2022 Air, Space and Cyberspace Conference at National Harbor

Decision Lens’ work with TRADOC, which is responsible for Army recruiting and training, focused on improving the Unfunded Requirements (UFR) process in the G8 department. The transformation began with the use of the Decision Lens Intake Engine, which allowed TRADOC to create a living list of UFRs that can be continually updated throughout the year and as priorities change. This process change increased efficiency, reduced human error, and eliminated version control issues that delayed decision making.

Close collaboration between TRADOC and Decision Lens ensures a better understanding of the specific needs and priorities required throughout the planning, programming, budgeting and execution process.

The decision-making lens has become entrenched throughout the Department of Defense, and customers, including the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force, rely more and more on the tool every year.

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Decision Lens software enables the Department of Defense to deliver the fiscally responsible, world-class planning necessary to ensure that the United States remains the world’s leading military. As our closest adversaries become an increasing threat to our well-being, we must change the way we plan, prioritize, and finance.

Given the geopolitical factors, fiscal discipline is more important than ever to prioritize and make tough decisions among the many competing demands. Once we effectively change our approach to planning, the United States can achieve greater productivity and faster innovation for an equivalent dollar spent on maintaining global advantage. Using Decision Lens enables the military to maximize the impact of every dollar with a platform designed to empower data- and financial-informed decision-making.

Our roots in decision science enable us to empower clients to overcome today’s critical planning challenges, including:

  • Reliance on manual processes
  • Lack of corporate data structure
  • Separate stages of planning
  • Limited cooperation
Dan Saati, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Decision Lens, is interviewed by Federal News Network as part of a series on modernizing government planning

Today, our customers in the US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and various intelligence agencies are transforming their planning with Decision Lens. These organizations benefit from the unique capabilities of our platform, which include:

  1. A proven framework for prioritization
  2. Process automation
  3. Joint planning
  4. Algorithms / AI for scenario planning
  5. Evaluation of variable time horizons

Each customer benefits in unique but important ways, such as:

  • Focus on more valuable activities. Customers using Decision Lens report significant time savings compared to previous planning processes, allowing them to focus on analyzing data rather than aggregating it.
  • Reallocation of funds to higher mission priorities. Most users realize the savings in their portfolio and reallocate funds to invest in additional strategic imperatives.
  • Reach decision-making moments faster with automation. Reduced manual errors, no need to go back and retrieve data, and no version control issues make decision making faster.
  • Cooperation of enterprises. Gathering real-time information from peers and leaders in real-time within the software enables better, more mission-aligned decisions and closer communication between planning stages.

Case Study: Modernizing and Automating the Cradle-to-Grade Unreasonable Requirements Process with the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

TRADOC struggled to receive, prioritize, and fund nearly 100 Unsubstantiated Requests (UFRs) each year. A unified platform with greater data transparency and a more streamlined and integrated process was required. The UFRs were retrieved and stored in the SharePoint database prior to prioritization. While the system worked, operating the UFR was manual, tedious and time-consuming. Keeping track of who made the changes and when they were made was difficult. Microsoft Excel’s version control issues further compounded the complexity and inefficiency of UFR collection, tracking, and management.

The Intake Engine Decision Lens allowed TRADOC to quickly create an easily editable UFR input form with standardized inputs that they could distribute to the field for collection and input. This resulted in higher quality materials that were brought together on one platform and available to all interested parties. TRADOC then relied on Decision Lens to create the UFR 1-N priority list. Prioritization based on objective, qualitative criteria and metrics provided TRADOC with a sound, data-driven way to prioritize funding.

Navy Launches Initiative to Maintain Readiness While Cutting Costs Using Decision Lens Software

In 2019, the Naval Aviation Enterprise successfully met the Super Hornet/Growler fleet’s readiness goals to meet SECDEF’s Mission Competency (MC) requirements for air platforms and is now focused on reducing costs while meeting established MC goals. These objectives must be achieved without additional risk to their mission and the achievement of MC aircraft in the fleet.

To maintain readiness while streamlining costs and saving over time in their supply portfolio, the Navy looked for software that could help them achieve these goals.

Using a decision-making lens, PEO(T) program offices can more systematically evaluate and prioritize cost-saving initiatives related to enterprise fleet maintenance. Based on already developed criteria, input from experts across the department, and a consistent data structure, the office can now prioritize requests while fulfilling its mission to maintain readiness despite cost reductions. As a result of the efforts of the working group, the following was achieved:

  • Improved data and workload management for core team and stakeholders
  • FY22 savings of $220 million, 10% above annual target of $200 million
  • Reallocated $26 million in savings to UFR
  • Beginning development of advanced reporting capabilities through Qlik integration

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About Decision Lens

We’ve been transforming planning in the public sector since 2005 by providing the people, processes and technology that enable agencies to effectively meet the needs of today while delivering the advanced capabilities of tomorrow. Customers from the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, federal civilian agencies, and state and local governments achieve sustainable operational advantage through better long-term planning, continuous mid-term prioritization, and short-term funding.

Decision Lens software meets government security needs. It is FedRAMP certified, IL 2 compliant, IL 4/5 ready, and available on AWS GovCloud. We are multi-ATO approved, safety compliant and can be purchased through a variety of vehicles.

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