Salesforce’s Allan Day: Connected Data Could Help Agencies Manage Supply Chains Post-COVID-19

Allan Day, vice president of logistics and sustainment of global public sector at Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), said there are three factors government agencies and other public sector organizations should consider to help improve the decision-making process and address inefficiencies in supply chains post-pandemic.

These factors are the development of connection among data pools, the need to see analytics based on data and the need to move to action once legacy data systems have been de-siloed, Day wrote in an article published on Carahsoft’s website.

We have data pools spread across enterprise resource planning software, legacy applications and cloud services. These data silos need to be connected so everyone in the organization can see what’s happening,” the retired U.S. Air Force major general said of the first factor.

Day talked about adopting automation when it comes to advancing connected supply chains.

“Whether we’re talking about connected supply chains across planning, procurement, manufacturing and logistics or a self-service offering for citizens, transforming our systems means automating certain functions to make people’s jobs easier and the organization more efficient,” he noted.

Day discussed how a FedRAMP-authorized, cloud-based grants management portal of the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration benefits NTIA and customers applying for broadband grant programs.

With the rollout of the grant portal, NTIA has positioned itself as an example that other federal agencies can follow as they transition from legacy systems to cloud-based solutions under tight timelines. The portal also reminds us of what can be accomplished with the right technology and the will to change,” he noted.

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