INDUSTRY: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Neubrain’s business analytics solution helped the Air Force Reserve’s decision makers with consistent, accurate, and trusted information, allowing immediate insights into financial and operational performance; deeper analysis of trends and patterns; and clear foresight for planning and allocating resources.

CHALLENGES

The Air Force Reserve (AFR) Personnel Appropriation (budget: $3.1 billion; strength/personnel: over 70,000) provides resources necessary to compensate military personnel required to man approved force structure and support infrastructure.

In order to improve the precision of the AFR's Military Personnel portion of the President’s Budget Submission to Congress, the AFR Financial Management leadership needed to revise their processes, methodologies and systems for preparing the ANG’s part of the President’s Budget submission.

In addition to incidents caused by lack of access to the appropriate financial data, spreadsheet-supported and manual processes were causing calculation errors and major process inefficiencies, budget cycle times would last multiple weeks and would require significant overtime.

The AFR contracted Neubrain to build a business analytics system (J-Book system) in order to provide accurate President’s Budget Submission and balance resources in the most cost effective manner, and at the same time avoid violations of the US Anti-Deficiency Act.

NEUBRAIN SOLUTION

As a result of the strong partnership with the AFR’s financial personnel, advanced knowledge of business analytics technology and exemplary commitment to the project, Neubrain consultants and the AFR achieved the following results: the new J-Book system provides decision makers with planning, analytical, and decision making power they need to comply with new performance budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and congressional budget justification requirements.

The new system provides a data repository (single version of truth) and an advanced business analytics model with execution and prior-year data, a future-years formulation segment, pricing and costing components, and what-if scenario modeling component.

The J-Book system/business analytics model has been consistently providing the AFR’s decision makers with consistent, accurate, and trusted information, allowing immediate insights into financial and operational performance; deeper analysis of trends and patterns; and clear foresight for planning and allocating resources.