The CA Dept. of Transportation (Caltrans) manages over 50,000 miles of the state’s freeways and highways along with myriad other important transportation services.
To assist the agency with its endeavors, Senate Bill 1 (SB1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act enacted in April 2017, is designed to invest $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways, and bridges throughout the state.
The sharing of transportation information data has proven challenging for the various divisions within Caltrans as some computer systems do not integrate well. Many still rely on disparate data sources and utilize spreadsheets or legacy database tools to manage data.
In addition, there were few enterprise data management processes and procedures in place.
This atmosphere made it difficult to turn data into useful information, particularly in making decisions that will help Caltrans better meet its strategic, tactical and organizational goals.
Recognizing this issue, the agency sought assistance to enunciate its vision of better integration and analyzation of data.
Implementing business intelligence processes and technologies would help to make actionable information more readily available to managers in their efforts to construct informed business decisions.