December 18, 2013

Can Technology Improve Logistics? »

As the 2013 calendar year comes to a close, the RTR partners want to take this opportunity to express their sincere appreciation to our readers and followers.  We understand how valuable your time is and we are grateful for your continued interest in following RTR’s progress.  We hope you have found our monthly news articles valuable and we will continue to bring you pertinent newsletters in 2014. 
 
This month’s newsletter focuses on logistics, a timely subject given the holiday shopping frenzy that is underway.  Today’s emphasis on ecommerce or buying it online and having it shipped to our doorstep is a cornerstone of the holiday season.  RTR Technologies, an operations research consulting firm, employs experts in logistics to support our DOD, federal, and commercial clients and so we are constantly studying the science and successes in industry as they innovate to improve logistics performance. 

September 30, 2013

Q&A: Agile session with Dr. Michael Rippin, a local CIO »

What is your background?
I have spent most of my career in the following roles: Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Director of Software Engineering, and Director of Technical Projects.  I possess a PhD in Information Technology (IT), two Masters Degrees, Scrum Master Certification, and a Scrum Product Owner Certification.  I have attended and spoken at many conferences and trade shows related to IT, organizational effectiveness, management, leadership, and Agile.

September 30, 2013

Cultivating new relationships today for a successful tomorrow »

RTR Technologies is delighted to announce that it has a new strategic partnership with Athena Health
a cloud based solutions provider for Healthcare practice management, electronic health records and patient communications.

September 26, 2013

RTR in the Community »

RTR’s President and Partner, Randy Rippin, like many RTR Staff, routinely attends local events to stay abreast of current trends in Northeastern Maryland and he volunteers regularly to help share his years of knowledge as a successful business leader. 

August 30, 2013

Fantastic accomplishments for STEM education at APG »

Congratulations go out from RTR Technologies to APG leadership and to the many APG STEM advocates who championed the creation and activation of the STEM Outreach Center.  This was a terrific accomplishment and a major step toward linking the many and varied resources, organizations, and genuinely interested individuals whose goals are to enhance and expand STEM education and practice in our community.

August 30, 2013

RTR releases MED PROC 2 decision support tool for Emergency Departments »

RTR is excited to announce the expansion of, its proprietary healthcare model, MED PROC.  MED PROC’s analytic framework known as ISOV - Investigate, Simulate, Optimize and Visualize is evolving into a more dynamic tool in order to assist hospitals, particularly Emergency Departments (ED), as they address current healthcare transformation initiatives.

August 27, 2013

Helping the Community »

RTR Technologies is an advocate of promoting the importance of education and mentoring today’s youth. We want to recognize Terrence Hart who just completed a successful summer internship at RTR Technologies.

August 27, 2013

What are Serious Games? »

What is your background in games development? 

I had 20 Years developing simulation games for Microprose and other major publishers. I have spent a lifetime playing games and designing/developing computer and board games.

July 28, 2013

RTR Technologies, the first DECADE….. »

As July 2013 comes to a close, it carries with it a weight and significance that is palatable to everyone in the RTR Technologies family.  It marks our 10 year anniversary, a milestone that the RTR Principals (Randy Rippin, Reed Rippin, and Earl Thies) are pleased to share with their dedicated employees, distinguished clients, strategic partners, and Harford County.

July 24, 2013

A New World, Right Before Your Eyes »

Virtual reality has been a field in computer graphics for some time now. However, due to technology limitations it has never realized the dream of its proponents and enthusiasts. Recently, current advances in technology may have VR on the cusp of reaching its full potential.

July 23, 2013

Applying Life’s Lessons and Experience to the Job »

As technology has made it easier to remotely connect with others, many businesses, corporations, and federal agencies have made the move to allow employees to “telework” or “telecommute.”

April 24, 2013

RTR In the Community »

As part of RTR’s mission to continuously serve the community in which it lives and works, President Randy Rippin recently began mentoring a student at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, MD.  The student, senior Bryan Fidler, is completing his senior project in the area of computer science and information technology. 

April 24, 2013

We Can Simulate That! - The Modern Dentist Office »

The Problem
A very simple process can be examined in a straightforward manner.  You can more or less look at it and see what needs to be done.  For example, digging a hole seems like a fairly simple process.  You only have to figure out the shape and size of the hole, the material the hole needs to be dug out of, the tools available to dig, the number of people or tools to do the digging, how the hole needs to be shored up so it doesn’t cave in, how the material is to be removed from the hole and where it’s going to be put, how much all of the tools and processes are going to cost, what the weather will be like, whether any utility lines may be encountered, whether the hole is deep and narrow or shallow and wide, whether ramps into and out of the hole need to be constructed, what other activities are going on around the hole, what the hole is going to be used for, what if anything is going to go into the hole, how long you have to dig it, and whether you have to fill all of it or part of it back in.

April 24, 2013

Are You Asking Your Customers the Right Questions? »

Understanding customers’ needs and wants is integral to the success of any business. This is especially important in the healthcare field. While capturing a patient’s experience in the hospital is key, it is important to understand that other factors also affect the patient’s choices. The patient’s physician dictates where to send his/her referrals, and insurance companies determine which hospitals/practices are included in their covered providers group. The patient experience is not something that can be quantified by querying backend data and solely crunching numbers – there is a tangible experience that must be captured.

April 24, 2013

RTR Technologies and the Human Side of Data »

Much has been made about big data as of late.  It has been cast as one of the next big revolutions in technology with application across a variety of business and government sectors.  At RTR, we have been in the business of data for nearly a decade and understand its potential and limitations as well as anybody in the industry.

March 12, 2013

RTR Helps Local Walk-in Clinic Expand »

The health care market is rapidly changing amid vast regulatory and private sector pressures to reduce costs and provide a more effective and integrated approach to clinical care.  As organizations adapt to this changing landscape in ways that sustain adequate profit margins without sacrificing patient care, health care providers are increasingly looking to experts in the field of operations research for strategic guidance. 

March 11, 2013

Delivering Excellence in Enterprise Efficiency »

At a time when decision makers must increasingly do more with less, RTR is finding innovative new ways to make its clients more efficient.  As the aerospace and technology industries braced for sequestration recently, it came with great pleasure as RTR Technologies received notice that a major Department of Homeland Security (DHS) initiative supported by the company was named as a finalist for excellence in enterprise efficiency by the American Council for Technology (ACT) – Industry Advisory Council (IAC).

March 05, 2013

The Increasing Importance of Big Data »

The View from RTR, is a series from technical leaders at RTR Technologies on recent trends, findings, and discoveries in the field of Operations Research.

A common goal across all sectors, both public and private, is to optimize the success of current processes and systems with limited resources available. To efficiently approach this issue, research into current operations is often necessary.

January 26, 2013

RTR helps local firm develop new Apple iPad application »

Exploring the many amenities Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has to offer just got a whole lot easier.  With the creation of Baltimore Insite, an interactive 3D mapping service created by Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) subsidiary Virtual Destinations for the Apple iPad, convention and visitor bureaus now have the ability to create high quality 3D visualizations that allow potential customers to ‘virtually’ tour a city. 

January 26, 2013

Macroeconomics is driving innovation at RTR and most likely your decision making process as well. »

We live in extraordinary times. 

Consider the multitude of issues we currently face as a country.  The lasting effects of the financial crisis brought on by a housing bubble.  A resulting credit crunch that constrained consumer purchasing power and put downward pressure on an economy that is nearly 70% dependent on consumer spending.  Record high unemployment that continues to inhibit normal levels of economic growth. 

January 24, 2013

RTR unveils MEDPROC decision support tool for health care clients »

RTR is excited to announce that its newest decision support tool, MED PROC, is now available to clients in the health care sector.

January 23, 2013

RTR performs enterprise-wide, telework analysis for DHS’ US-VISIT Program »

As the U.S. Government looks for ways to reduce costs, improve employees’ work life-balance, and meet other agency objectives, the concept of telework has emerged as an alternative to the traditional confines of an office.

January 09, 2013

U.S. security, Maryland’s economy at risk »

“Fiscal cliff” would be especially painful for state’s defense-related businesses
While we realize that sacrifices must be made at all levels of government to reduce our national debt, the sheer size and scope of the potential cuts would damage our military’s readiness and the nation’s ability to adequately defend the homeland. For the sake of our brave men and women in the military and for the Maryland businesses that support them, it is imperative that our lawmakers act swiftly to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.