The Intelligence Cycle and an Integrated Work Management System have a lot more in common than you might think. Thanks to IWMS Daily, we came across this amazing article entitled “6 Aspects of Military Intelligence & How They Relate to IWMS.” After reading the article, we felt inspired to look a little more deeply into the relationship. The article you are about to read is a mix of Military, Department of Defense, FBI, and CIA definitions of their intelligence Cycle as well as input from the article that inspired us with a bit of RSC flair.
We are grateful for the service provided by all the men and women enlisted to protect the freedoms the USA was founded on. In honor of Independence Day and all those who gave their lives serving in defense of the freedoms our great Country was founded upon, we wanted to share something that bridged the two worlds.
The intelligence cycle is a term used by various government agencies including the military, FBI, and CIA to name a few. It is “the process of developing unrefined data into polished intelligence for the use of policymakers”1
and consists of six interrelated operations 2
. The process is circular in nature and fundamental for processing data in civilian, military, or law enforcement system.
As outlined in the article, we present to you the six parts of the intelligence cycle and how they relate to IWMS
1. Planning and Direction
Intelligence requirements are determined by a decision maker to meet certain goals 3. As in the military a good IWMS must have a situational awareness of all available resources as well as the means to quantify them. It requires charting a direction which identifies the resources needed to attain a particular goal. In the FM world this can be thought of as improving the allocation and prioritization of real estate operations and more rapid development as well as investing in technology or replacing older RE/FM systems 4. At Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC., we strive to listen to our client’s needs and desires as we help in the planning process. We provide flexible guides to assist clients decipher what is most important.
Collection is the gathering of raw information based on requirements determined in planning and direction 5.Data collection is done in either a strategical or tactical way in order to connect seemingly unrelated information to produce a holistic and comprehensive understanding of a certain goal. In an IWMS these data sources may consist of occupancy, costs, leasing, future space requirements, operational maintenance management (scheduling repairs), customer satisfaction, project management, etc. 6. RSC aids in collecting electronic information and standards along with manufacture recommendations. We also provide best practices along the way.
3. Processing & Exploitation
Defined by the US Department of Defense as “the conversion of information into suitable forms” 7.Corporate leadership, like their military counterparts, require data to be fully analyzed and vetted in order to make rapid strategic decisions on the appropriate (daily) course of action. The processing of collected data facilitates improved customer experience, reputation management, and building
partnerships among others — all of which impact a company’s bottom line. Some outcomes of processing and exploitation in IWMS include work order processing, energy management, and environmental impact 8. After gathering data, we synthesize and consult. We create a pilot project including sample data from 1-3 buildings and multiple floors with employee information, assets, etc. We prove the theory hypothesized from the collected data.
4. Analysis and Production
In the military, analysis and production fuses processed data from various sources together into a centralized report to identify potential patterns 9/10.An IWMS does the same thing. The goal of the IWMS, however, is to improve management of (Corporate) Real Estate/Facilities Management. Aspects of this goal include flexibility to expand future applications/utility, reporting, financial management, market planning, site selection, transaction management, lease management, operations/maintenance, sustainability, energy management, and business intelligence to name a few 11. After analyzing the data, RSC puts together a punch list of items and is reviewed with the client and any remaining data is uploaded.
5. Dissemination and Integration
The military defines dissemination and integration as the delivery of intelligence to users in a suitable form applicable to appropriate missions, tasks, and functions 12 in the form of reports 13 on either the front lines or in higher leadership levels. This is done through various types of communication (e.g., social media, mobile devices, the “cloud,” and database transfers). The dissemination (sharing or broadcasting) of information is not the end of a process, but a continuous link between the producers and consumers of data. An IWMS integrates BIM, CAD, and GIS intelligence and delivers the data to users (some of which may include Client Service Directors, Human Resource Directors, & Marketing Directors) through dashboards, mapping displays, analytics, mobile applications 14, and RSC’s very own Space View. At this point staff is introduced to the new process and training to use the system. Minor tweaks are also considered and incorporated when they follow the plan and process outlined in items 1-4 above.
6. Evaluation and Feedback
Evaluation and feedback is a continuous assessment of intelligence operations to ensure requirements are being met 15. This military practice assists in planning, collection, processing, executing, and making overall improvements. In corporate environments this process translates into consulting and honestly identifying any deficiencies with the system 16. At Robert Stephen Consulting, LLC., we understand that these applications are living and breathing systems which require constant feeding and growth. An internal champion makes decisions on whether enhancements need to be made to a new or existing IWMS by gauging system performance and efficiency. There’s no wonder why RSC believes an internal champion is key to a successful IWMS integration. It’s a tried and true concept that even the US Government uses.
When these six military intelligence cycles are applied, the benefits of IWMS are clear. An Integrated Work Management System reduces costs, increases efficiency, and improves productivity. If your company is not already using an IWMS, like ARCHIBUS, we urge you to do the research, ask questions, and invest! The benefits an IWMS can bring to your company, no matter how large or small, are innumerable.
With that being said, we hope you have a happy, festive, and safe Fourth of July!
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