Distinguished Engineer - Jerry Overton
Jerry Overton is head of Advanced Analytics Research in CSC’s ResearchNetwork and the founder of CSC’s FutureTense initiative, which includes the Predictive Modeling Research Group, the Advanced Analytics Lab and the Predictive Modeling School.
Under FutureTense, Jerry has established big-data-driven decision making as a foundation of CSC research. Recently, he used predictive modeling to discover insights for the 2013 CIO Barometer Report, featured as key findings presented by CIO Doug Tracy during a public CSC Town Hall. The FutureTense infrastructure was used to predict the changing relationship between CIOs and the enterprise, the major challenges emerging for the CIO, and the changing priorities for IT operational excellence.
Jerry’s research in applied predictive modeling has led to advances in predicting the adoption and diffusion of emerging technologies; simulating market reaction to new disruptive technologies; and discovering optimal business partnerships and product development strategies. His expertise in predictive modeling and applied mathematics has made an impact throughout CSC: defining the technical direction for CSC offerings, finding strategic opportunities and teaching predictive modeling to other CSC technologists.
In 2010, Jerry invented an international best practice for Ultra-Large Scale (ULS) system design. He introduced a novel technique by working from the middle of the problem out: from patterns to problems to solutions. This approach was adopted by Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) as an international best practice for ULS system design.
Jerry lead a consortium of aerospace and defense companies in developing simulations of distributed fault tolerance for the U.S. Military’s Future Combat System (FCS). He authored white papers and design decision documents that defined architectural patterns of fault tolerance for the ad-hoc mobile network, methods for maintaining data consistency and integrity in ad-hoc mobile networks, and risk mitigating practices for large-scale system integration. These patterns were adopted as technical standards which were built into the FCS System of Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE).
In 2009 Jerry designed, created and ran an agile offshore software development model. This model successfully scaled to distributed (onshore and offshore) development teams. The approach differentiated CSC from our competitors and allowed CSC to create a product that helped its client stand out from its competitors.
Jerry has also published a variety of articles on software engineering, software design and pattern analysis, and has been a featured speaker on predictive modeling and related applied mathematics topics within CSC and at industry forums.