The Southwestern Division and its principal Knowledge Management Representative, John Davis, are the recipients of top U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Knowledge Management awards for 2015.
Davis has been selected as the Outstanding Knowledge Management Professional of the Year and SWD the Top Division/Center of the Year for its implementation of KM, according to Corps officials. Cited for embedding KM in his daily workflow and encouraging knowledge sharing and learning, Davis was praised for a high level of commitment in advancing, advocating and implementing KM processing across SWD.
“Davis has shown exceptional collaboration across boundaries, networking, and mentoring abilities,” said Pete G. Perez, Director of Regional Business for the Southwestern Division. “His efforts have helped enable strong stakeholder relationships and improved cultural attitudes towards KM across USACE.”
The Southwestern Division award came for its role as an early adopter of KM, its excellence in the development and implementation of Discover SWD, the first USACE KM Business Case, and in advancing the Enterprise KM Program. Additionally, SWD’s impact to the Corps’ Knowledge Management has been substantial, demonstrating improvements in business processes, embedding knowledge sharing in the workflow, mapping and sharing knowledge for regional priorities in support of mission execution, thereby better serving both customers and stakeholders.
Through Discover SWD, employees are capable of sharing critical information and have means to share that information across the Division/District and the enterprise. Once employees are able to access new knowledge they can apply that knowledge to solve a problem, improve a process, or make a decision.
“Discover SWD provides the framework and environment for enhanced collaborations and connections,” said Perez. “Discover SWD is connecting people to people, people to content and gets the right information to the right people at
the right time.”
Brig. Gen. David C. Hill, SWD commander, added, “These awards are indicative of the trailblazing initiatives undertaken by John Davis and others within SWD. Knowledge Management is an integral part of our USACE Campaign Plan Goal 4, Prepare for Tomorrow, and supports SWD’s Regional Priorities. This well-deserved recognition will serve as an impetus to keep us on the KM trajectory for future success. Well done to Davis and the entire KM team!”