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January 4, 2022

What is Integrated Planning? (And How to be Successful at it!)

What is Integrated Planning? Integrated planning is a cross-functional process that ensures all stakeholders are involved at the right time to align priorities acros...

December 2, 2021

Section 11204 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

What You Need to Know About Section 11204 of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act  The recently passed Infrastructure bill presents an unprecedented opportunit...

December 5, 2021

Bridging the Gap Between Data and Decisions

Have you been in this situation? On Monday leadership asks for a Friday presentation. There are many moving parts, manual processes, stakeholders playing different r...

November 5, 2021

Everything you need to know about PPBS

What is PPBS? The Planning Programming Budgeting System (PPBS), also frequently referred to as PPBE, is a resource allocation system that supports Department of Defe...

October 4, 2021

Becoming a Model for Modernized Services

Space Force, the newest branch of the Armed forces and the first completely digital agency in the United States released their digital vision in May. It outlines how...

October 5, 2021

Revolutionize Government Decision-Making

Dear Decision Lens Customers, Partners, and Prospects,

October 5, 2021

How to get to Better Reporting

Though private industry has made great strides automating their processes over the last 20 years, the public sector is still struggling with the same well- trodden m...

September 5, 2021

Innovation Lifecycles: How to Maximize R&D ROI Through Collaborative Decision Making

What is an Innovation Life Cycle? An “Innovation Lifecycle” is the different stages of the innovation process, including the conditions and factors that support each...

August 4, 2021

The Importance of Planning Across Multiple Time Horizons

The most effective planners track progress across multiple time horizons. These individuals are equipped to ensure the right investments are made at the right time t...

August 1, 2021

What is Government Innovation?

Innovation is a term that gets used quite often to mean various things. When talking about government innovation specifically, it is important to understand what it ...

August 4, 2021

Climate-Informed Decision-Making at the DoD

Federal News Network recently released an article regarding DoD’s mandated plan to consider climate change in upcoming decision-making. This is especially timely and...

August 4, 2021

What is Strategic Planning? | The Strategic Planning Process Revealed

What is Strategic Planning? Strategic planning is a form of organizational management that helps an organization define what it is, what it does, why it does what it...

August 2, 2021

Top 6 Tips to Getting Your Budget Approved

Across the Federal Government there are many challenges in getting to the point where a budget is ready for submission, including, time crunches in creating budgets ...

July 4, 2021

Providing Lifesaving Organ Transplants to our Nation

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that serves as the nation’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) ...

July 5, 2021

POM Budget Planning 2.0: Reducing Risk and Ensuring Readiness

What is the POM cycle (Program Objective Memorandum cycle)? The Program Objective Memorandum (POM) is part of the Programming Phase of the Program, Planning, Budget,...

June 4, 2021

DL Labs: Investing in Employee Driven Innovation

Like Google and other silicon valley tech companies, Decision Lens has its own brand of time allotted so that developers can work on innovative projects that interes...

June 3, 2021

PPBE: Everything You Need to Know

What is PPBE? There are three processes (Acquisition, Requirements, and Funding) supporting the Defense Acquisition System. The Planning, Programming, Budget, and Ex...

June 5, 2021

Q&A from ASMC PDI Panel Modernizing DoD Financial Management Reporting

The push for real-time analytics across the DoD has reached a fever pitch. Though private industry has made great strides over the last 20 years, public organization...

May 4, 2021

Creating Excellence in Local IT Strategic Planning

How are different state and local entities handling the push for IT Centralization? What are some successes that have come about as a result of modernization and aut...

April 4, 2021

3 ways Automating Budgeting Formulations will Transform your Organization

Charneta Samms, Chief, Plans and Programs, Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM),  Army Research Laboratory (ARL); and Gregory Little,Deputy Comptroller f...

April 4, 2021

Ensuring Readiness: Modernizing the PPBE Process


March 4, 2021

Layperson's Guide to Target Grading in Decision Lens

Decision Lens grades its plans because intuitively we know that making choices yields consequences. Our grading system is a way of measuring those “consequences” tha...

March 5, 2021

Midyear Review Reporting- An Insider's View

At our recent webinar, “Improve Mid-Year Review Reporting- An Insider’s View”, 316th Wing Inspector General Lt. Col. Benjamin Milarch and Decision Lens's Chris Harti...

February 4, 2021

How to Save Time and Resources During your Intake Process

Are you still sending and receiving dozens of Excel spreadsheets to keep track of your project submissions and requirements? Although most organizations still rely o...

February 4, 2021

Building Confidence in the S&T Process at USDA APHIS

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program safeguards U.S. agriculture and natural resources against the...

February 4, 2021

5 Ways to Modernize your Science and Technology Planning

Now more than ever, S&T planners are tasked with the enormous challenge of rapidly solving for the world’s most pressing challenges and threats to security, heal...

January 4, 2021

Transformational Decision-Making: Where Data, Decision Science, and Technology Meet

Of the many stated priorities from DoD leaders over the past few decades, one in particular has simultaneously increased in both its importance and difficulty to acc...

January 5, 2021

Panel: Financial Management Challenges are Consistent Across the DoD


December 6, 2020

UFR Process Modernization: Transitioning from UFR 1.0 to UFR 2.0

"The singular pain point in the process is really being able to line up true requirements in evaluating risks based on previously established goals or criterion." - ...

November 3, 2020

The Need to Balance Warfighting Assets, and Systems that Enable Them

“To be successful, the U.S. Air Force must continue its future design work and accelerate the evolution and application of its operational concepts and force structu...

November 3, 2020

Visual Planning

October 5, 2020

3 Hidden Business Impacts of Static Strategic Resource Planning

Project planning can be an exercise in futility. As soon as your best laid plans are mapped, a bump in the road steers you off course. Even the best project planners...

June 5, 2020

Implementing Tools and Processes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


June 5, 2020

How To Hire The Best Candidate Without Bias

June 5, 2020

The Link From Planning To Execution

May 5, 2020

How To Use GIS To Improve Capital Planning

May 6, 2020

The Art and Science of Agile Roadmap Planning

May 5, 2020

Time is Money: How To Gain It Back By Removing Value-Deficient Programs And Tasks

May 5, 2020

Using Decision Lens & Tableau To Make Critical (Geographical) Resource Decisions

April 5, 2020

R&D: Selecting And Evaluating Ideas As Priorities Shift

April 5, 2020

Leverage Your Most Critical Resource....People!

April 5, 2020

Adjusting Resources Quickly In Times Of Crisis

  The New Reality  There aren't enough hours in the day, dollars in the bank, or people on the floor these days. You've been the lucky one designated to keep things ...

April 5, 2020

Planning In A Virtual World

March 6, 2020

Is Continuous Planning A Smarter Move For Your Organization?

Continuous planning is not only smarter than event-based planning, it's easier!!! Event-based planning creates an annual cycle of ramping up effort for data collecti...

March 4, 2020

COVID-19: Why An Agile Planning Process Is More Important Than Ever

      Written by John Saaty, CEO  

February 2, 2020

Gut Check: It’s 2020, How Does Your Organization Defend Their Decision Making Without Data Driven Algorithms?

2020   Written by Bohdan Olinares

October 5, 2019

Customer Service Week Employee Recognition: Brent Peaden

We're Still Celebrating National Customer Service Week! To round out our interviews for the week, we met with Brent Peaden, a Senior Advisor on our Customer Success ...

October 4, 2019

Customer Service Week Employee Recognition: Sandra Murillo

National Customer Service Week Celebration Continues! Yesterday we highlighted the work of Analytics Advisor Marco Trigueros, in an insightful interview about the nu...

October 3, 2019

Customer Service Week Employee Recognition: Marco Trigueros

It's National Customer Service Week! Providing excellent customer service is something to strive for year round, but this week is an opportunity to celebrate the imp...

September 4, 2019

Do You Know What Your Project Portfolio Is Really Trying To Tell You?

  Written by Bill Adams       Amid this current Data Revolution, tech solutions to help you manage your massive amounts of project portfolio data everywhere. Some ev...

September 1, 2019

6 Benefits of Online Learning

  Written by Katie Howell         You've probably heard the advice that in order to be successful you have to "show up". But what does that mean in today's world? Wi...

September 2, 2019

To enhance strategic discipline and effectiveness, increase “strategy inclusivity”

Organizations often generate Strategic Plans to communicate the leadership’s objectives for the coming year or to convey a new vision. While these documents are typi...

August 2, 2019

When you have more information than resources: a QA with U.S. Air Force Academy Leader

  Written by Jonathan Allen

August 2, 2019

The Top 4 Challenges with Stakeholder Engagement

Public sector planning is an art and a science. Part of the art is getting all the various stakeholders to effectively participate in the decision-making process. At...

August 2, 2019

The Top Question We Get From Prospects and How We Answer It

July 2, 2019

3 Easy Principles You Can Apply in Organizational Decision-Making Right Now

July 2, 2019

Decision Lens Pursues DoD Impact Level 4 Authorization


July 4, 2019

The Best Decision Makers of Our Day


July 2, 2019

Are You Able to Strategically Map Your Portfolio Planning Options like a Modern Day GPS?

  Written by Sanjay Nayar

July 4, 2019

6 Steps for Effective Decision-Making

July 2, 2019

Give Your Planning Process Direction With These Criteria-Setting Best Practices

  Written by Jared Smith    

June 2, 2019

Transportation Challenges in Urban Areas, Solutions with Modern Software

Mass Transit has always been challenged by securing funding for all the maintenance, rehabilitation and new construction projects their communities need.

June 2, 2019

Management Solution for Breaking Down Silos

Silos are necessary for companies to function and keep accountability and responsibility among each other. They tend to form when information, focus, and control flo...

June 2, 2019

We're Celebrating the U.S. Army's 244th Birthday!

Every year on June 14, the United States Army celebrates its inception in 1775. Today, the Army consists of over one million active duty service members and an addit...

June 2, 2019

4 Signs You’re Not Allocating Resources Efficiently

Successful businesses are constantly finding ways to streamline costs, eliminate waste and improve profitability levels. Stakeholders want assurance that money is be...

May 3, 2019

Improving the State of Military Readiness

The DoD defines “readiness” as the ability of the U.S. military forces to fight and meet the demands of the National Military Strategy. It needs to be put in the con...

May 2, 2019

How To Establish Performance Measures Under the FAST Act Requirements

Collaborative Transportation Planning Governance The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), enacted in 2012, was devised to make the Federal sur...

May 2, 2019

The Modern Rules of Capital Planning in Public Works and Utilities

Capital planning tends to rely on very manual processes involving complex spreadsheets with data from disconnected sources. This often translates to a slow and cumbe...

May 2, 2019

Top Telecommunication Company Prioritizes IT Portfolio with Decision Lens

Making better business decisions is at the top of every successful business’ priority list. Decision Lens administers the collective knowledge of key stakeholders to...

April 2, 2019

Decision Lens and FedRAMP

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) provides the standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring f...

April 3, 2019

Effective Communication and Collaboration Critical for Strategy Execution

Great ideas are meaningless if they translate into countless hours of creating detailed business and strategic plans with no follow through. Execution is a critical ...

April 2, 2019

Structurally Deficient Bridges in the US Could Take 80 Years to Repair

 More than 47,000 bridges in the US have been identified as “structurally deficient” and in need of urgent rehabilitation, according to a report from the American Ro...

April 2, 2019

We Picked Apart the Pain Points in Public Water Capital Planning and Here's What We Found…

With increased public pressures to protect water sources and supplies, countries are enforcing tougher water regulations and permit requirements. Exercising water co...

April 2, 2019

Leverage Strategic Decision-Making in Facility and Infrastructure Planning for Improved Resource Allocation

Strategic alignment and optimizing dollars to maximize the performance of investments across asset classes is critical in facilities and infrastructure-based decisio...

March 2, 2019

Elevate Your Facilities Planning Process

Facilities Planning decisions are more complex than ever. The long-term implications that come with costly facility capital expenditures make strategic decision-maki...

March 2, 2019

Want to be Amazing at Facility Resource Planning? Here's How!

Making agile, smart decisions with an analytic process drives the performance of your investments. Reducing facility costs, improving productivity and revenue genera...

March 2, 2019

Transforming Organizations Through Effective Strategy Execution

Organizations from all industries are investing in a new set of powerful software solutions focused on making smarter portfolio-level decisions. Executives are no lo...

March 2, 2019

Know-It-All's, Whiners and 800 Pound Gorillas in the Planning Process

Sometimes the hardest part of building the capital plan isn't massaging the numbers and prioritizing the projects. The most grueling challenge can be facilitating di...

February 4, 2019

Evaluating Risk & Reward in Innovation Project Selection

Our very own Kevin Connor was featured on an Innovation Enterprise webcast about “Evaluating Risk & Reward in Innovation Project Selection”. Click here for the r...

February 5, 2019

Emergency maintenance requests clouding your decision making?

February 2, 2019

Participate in a More Innovative Government

January 4, 2019

The Surprising Value of Intelligent Portfolio Planning

When you’re selling a software solution that most organizations haven’t ever heard of or seen before, you spend a lot of time evangelizing.  You spend a lot of time ...

January 2, 2019

Gartner Case Study on Cost Cutting via Portfolio Management at Boeing

When technology is squarely at the center of your business differentiation, trying to find ways to cut costs OUT of technology can be an arduous and painful process,...

January 4, 2019

Start Your Strategy Execution Engine

Practitioner Series on Making Strategy Execution a Reality | Part 3 of 3
 Part 1  |  Part 2 Strategy Execution is a top-down process. It starts with a clear idea fro...

January 4, 2019

You Do Strategy. I’ll Do Execution.

Practitioner Series on Making Strategy Execution a Reality | Part 2 of 3
 Part 1  |  Part 3 It is very understandable (and common) to hear from clients “we really wa...

January 2, 2019

Collaborative Governance Can Be Your Friend

Practitioner Series on Making Strategy Execution a Reality | Part 1 of 3 Part 2  |  Part 3 Governance – the overall structure and daily management of activities and ...

January 6, 2019

3 Ways to Boost Your Transportation Prioritization Process

Decision Lens has worked side by side with many Departments of Transportation throughout the years, and we’ve picked up a few helpful tips along the way when dealing...

April 5, 2018

Dependencies Release

Decision Lens is excited to announce a new feature set: Dependencies The new Dependencies features are designed to support the way organizations and MPOs anticipate ...

August 4, 2017

Decision Lens Proud and Excited to Partner with Maryville Technologies

The organizations we work with continue to struggle with some truly fundamental business needs. More often than not, these struggles center around their ability to a...

August 6, 2017

It’s an Exciting Year to be Sponsoring the 2017 Gartner Program & Portfolio Management Summit!

Contributed by Adam Boggess

August 6, 2017

New Feature! Harness Project Data with the New Data Import Wizard

Contributed by Michael Rahm

December 3, 2016

Decision Lens Covered Alongside Software AG in Forrester Report on Making Smarter Investment Decisions

August 4, 2016

The August 2016 Release is Live – Equipped with Enhanced Controls and Stunning Visualizations

June 3, 2016

Feature Spotlight – Negative Costs are Now Possible!

It is now easier than ever to specify costs for your alternatives and make use of our Suggest Schedule algorithm. Find and schedule your alternatives for the best ba...

June 6, 2016

Feature Spotlight: Bubble Chart

June 5, 2016

The Summer 2016 Release is Live!

The Summer 2016 Release is live! With this release, Decision Lens makes data collection faster, increases transparency, and provides new analytics for deeper insight...

April 6, 2016

A Spring Gift for You! The Decision Lens Spring 2016 Release is Live.

Contributed by Michael Rahm

March 6, 2016

Feature Spotlight: Value ROI

When making investment decisions, one of the most important factors is cost. If the cost is the leading criteria -- how you value that investment isn’t far behind in...

February 3, 2016

The Winter 2016 Release is Live!

Contributed by Michael Rahm