“The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see.”

— John Tukey, Mathematician & Data Visualization Expert

MorganFranklin had the distinct pleasure of participating in the 2018 Air Force Association (AFA) Air, Space & Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, last month. In addition to an all-star lineup of guest speakers, from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to a surprise appearance from Vice President of the United States Pence, AFA provided exciting insight into all things airpower, space, and cyber developments. MorganFranklin was also proud to be an exhibitor at the technology exhibition.

The 2018 theme of the conference was “Multi-Domain Operation: Leveraging the Full Spectrum,” and featured new technology and solutions to help address current Air Force problems. Data visualization and machine learning were common buzzwords. Considering that humans process images 60,000 times faster than text, and that 90 percent of what is transmitted to the brain is visual, it was exciting to hear Air Force leaders discuss new ways to implement these technologies into its operations. Data is everywhere and produced at a furious rate every day and it’s hard to make sense of it all. Data visualization takes advantage of our innate ability to visually process what we see in just a few seconds.

New technologies allow data to be acquired, sorted, and visualized in a holistic view to track performance and areas of improvement. Current government processes are still often manual, laborious, repetitive, and static in time. Well-designed data visualization can offer a comprehensive perspective of data, allowing organizations to discern trends and patterns that would not otherwise be apparent. Compelling visuals combined with storytelling provide a highly effective means of sharing information with clients, executives, and other stakeholders. The Air Force enterprise—from personnel, intelligence, maintenance, operations, medical to cyber—can benefit greatly when data can be analyzed as quickly as it is produced. Presenting data graphically with images, charts, and dashboards makes it easy to tell a data story and communicate results and findings with clarity and precision.

This is an exciting time for the Air Force. Implementing new data visualization tools into creating daily maintenance and operations updates, intelligence pictures, and the ability to analyze electronic health records will replace manual processes and tired PowerPoint slides. Data visualization will change current key performance indicators and drive more clarity into key operational data allowing for more quantitative and resolute decision making.  Contact our team at MorganFranklin Consulting if you’d like to learn more about our Enterprise Performance Engineering™ and data visualization capabilities.