Session #14

Solving the Great Mysteries in a Time of Great Change: The Future of Data-Driven Analytics Empowering Government Executives
2:50 – 4:05 p.m.    
CPE Field of Study: Finance

PPT Presentation

During this time of unprecedented change, one of the keys for governments to remain resilient and move forward is to use new data analytics to draw key information that can be analyzed, presented to and quickly acted upon by key government officials as they lead in this new age. This session will describe the initial plans of the leaders of the state of Idaho to go beyond the selection of its new ERP system and add the power to make critical key data driven decisions.


Joshua Whitworth works for the state controller of Idaho, Brandon D. Woolf, as the chief deputy controller for the office. He manages the office’s constitutional duties of statewide payroll and statewide accounting as well as its computer service center and other administrative functions. Joshua and his team are currently leading the State Controller’s efforts to modernize the state’s three decades old business information infrastructure into a modern consolidated cloud-based solution, while also pursuing efforts to increase the transparency of the state’s finances across all political subdivisions for the citizens of Idaho.
In his free time, Joshua continues to stay involved with his family’s cattle business in Mackay, Idaho, and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities with startups in the Agri-Tech sectors. One of these companies was awarded first place at the 2016 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge.
Joshua has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare technology, real estate, agriculture, and higher education in addition to his work in the government sector. He has also managed the operations for the state of Idaho’s Republican party. Joshua is an Idaho State University Alumni Board member and co-founder and former president of the Treasure Valley ISU Alumni Chapter. Joshua obtained his master of business administration degree from Boise State University in 2016. He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from Idaho State University in 2004, majoring in marketing. While at ISU, Joshua was the team captain of the football team and remains a proud alum of the 2002 Big Sky Conference Champion team.
Yasmin Barnes is a member of the Infor Analytics Industry & Solution Strategy Team. She contributes to the development of go-to-market strategy, product and competitive positioning and the strategic product direction for Infor Birst. Yasmin has over 20 years of public sector experience including serving as the assistant director of human resources for the city of Dallas, TX and the director of civil service and human resources for the city of Waxahachie, TX. She has expert insight into the business issues, needs, operations and service level potential for government at every level.

Bradley Stillwell is vice president of product strategy and solution consulting for analytics with Infor. He is responsible for go-to-market strategy, product and competitive positioning and strategic product direction for Infor Birst. Bradley has been in the business intelligence and big data/machine learning space for over 19 years, having lead go-to-market strategy around machine learning and AI for a leading data science and big data provider as well as designing new value-based analytics solution using cloud-based technology.



The NASACT Community

NASACT serves as the premier organization working to bring together state auditors, state comptrollers and state treasurers to cooperatively address government financial management issues. NASACT also manages two secretariats - the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC). Both NSAA and NASC are included under the umbrella of NASACT’s budget and utilize staff hired by NASACT.