Interview: General John Handy on Military Data Analysis

July 17, 2009
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General John Handy is the just the kind of guy you want with you in a foxhole, if the foxhole were flying at 10,000 feet. Over a 39-year career in the U.S. armed services, he was a pilot, a wing commander, the Vice Chief of the Air Force and finally the guy who ran the equivalent of UPS and travel service for the Pentagon (U.S. Transportation Command).

General John Handy is the just the kind of guy you want with you in a foxhole, if the foxhole were flying at 10,000 feet. Over a 39-year career in the U.S. armed services, he was a pilot, a wing commander, the Vice Chief of the Air Force and finally the guy who ran the equivalent of UPS and travel service for the Pentagon (U.S. Transportation Command). I had the pleasure of recently interviewing General Handy, now retired and advisor to large corporations about their management and logistics, for SmartDataCollective, and here’s just a short snapshot of his wide-ranging insights about:

  • How data analysis and decision-making have changed dramatically in the past few years;
  • How decision-making is now as “real time” as the capture of data itself;
  • How to use sophisticated data analysis to better balance the subjective opinions of your team.

I hope you enjoy the interview, and you will find General Handy here as a member on SmartDataCollective.com.


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