FAIRFAX, Va., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. (Salient), a leading provider of information technology, training, engineering, and intelligence analytics services to agencies in the intelligence, defense, homeland security, cyber security, and federal civilian markets, today announced two new additions joining the Salient Data Analytics Center of Excellence (DACoE). David Vennergrund as Director of Predictive Analytics and John Blatchford as Director of Agile Business Intelligence in Salient's Data Analytics Center of Excellence (DACoE).
Vennergrund will be responsible for leading and expanding innovations and best practices of the DACoE for data science and predictive analytics. With more than 25 years of IT management, development, and research experience, Vennergrund has led dozens of successful business intelligence and data mining-based efforts across the Federal government including budget forecasting for HUD and DOD; improper payment prevention for IRS, USDA, CMS, VA, DFAS, and OPM; and predictive modeling for DOI, EPA, US AID, and VA. Prior to joining Salient, Vennergrund served as the Director of CACI's (formerly Delta Solutions and Technologies, Inc.) Business Analytics Practice and successfully built a service line that offers advanced business intelligence, big data solutions, data mining analytics, fraud detection, and predictive analytics. Vennergrund spent over 14 years with SRA International, Inc. where he had founded a data mining center of excellence and a data warehousing practice. He is also an author of numerous articles on computer science and functional topics including Software Development Lifecycle Models, Expert Systems, Data Mining, Fraud Detection, and Data Fusion.
Blatchford will be responsible for providing innovations and best practices of the DACoE to include maximizing the value of information assets and mentoring support for all of Salient's business intelligence projects. Blatchford has over 25 years of technical management experience in the full system life-cycle of large volume billing, multi-terabyte enterprise data warehouse, and managing large business intelligence programs. He joins Salient after serving as Senior Program Director at Pragmatics, Inc. where he managed the development of over 30 business intelligence solutions for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Business Intelligence Service Center (BISC) in support of resolutions, receiverships, and risk management for complex financial institutions. From 2005 – 2008, Blatchford established data infrastructure, production data ETL monitoring, change management and quality assurance organizations in support of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) mandated $1 billion financial restatement of Fannie Mae. This effort enabled Fannie Mae to restate three years of timely and accurate financial reporting.
"The appointments of David and John are important milestones that will enable our Centers of Excellence to produce significant contributions to apply results-driven data analytics for our customers," says Bill Parker, COO of Salient. "Their expertise is a valuable addition to our DACoE team that is being led by Cindy Walker. We look forward to the immediate and lasting contributions they will make to benefit our customers and Salient as a trusted IT partner."
About Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. A leading provider of Federal IT and engineering solutions enabling government and industry to respond quickly to new or surge mission requirements with exactly the right people, skills, expertise, and technical solutions. Working to accelerate mission impact by delivering highly adaptable technology services, engineering solutions, and domain expertise enabling customers to rapidly meet the pressing requirements of today, while anticipating tomorrow's evolving challenges. Headquartered in Fairfax, VA with offices in McLean, Colorado Springs, Orlando, San Diego, and Tampa. Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America's Most Promising Companies and named Contractor of the Year. www.salientfed.com.