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Microsoft Application Guides DoD Through Earned Value Management Compliance
Open Source Application to Help Agencies and Contractors Meet Defense Contract Management Agency Standardization Guidelines
REDMOND, Wash. — May 22, 2009 — To help the Department of Defense (DoD) and its contractors streamline compliance with earned value management (EVM) reporting requirements, Microsoft today announced a Project 2007 application tailored for Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) standards.
As the agency responsible for tracking EVM figures for DoD contracts, DCMA requires the use of the United Nations (UN) Centre for the Facilitation of the Administration, Commerce and Transport (CEFACT) standard, a worldwide standard for cost and schedule project information. An application available free of charge on Microsoft’s open source hosting site, guides users through the export of Microsoft Project 2007 data required by DCMA and translates the earned value output into the required UN CEFACT XML protocol. The application will provide significant cost savings for both DoD agencies and contractors by reducing the time and resources required to gather, analyze and format the data.
"Having project management software that is compliant with the UN CEFACT standard will allow DCMA to spot cost overruns and potential problems much earlier in the process, saving taxpayer money," said John Van Dinther of DCMA. "But most importantly, by streamlining this process, warfighters will get the technologies and equipment they need more efficiently."
Microsoft’s EVM tools provide a proven, objective way to measure the value of work completed based on the budget applied to that work. EVM requires a disciplined approach to project management, including constant attention to budget and scope, ongoing analysis of project metrics, and integration of cost and schedule information. This application, co-developed with EVM partner QuantumPM, offers the tools to track this data in a format that follows specific DCMA requirements.
"The application simplifies CEFACT compliance, but also supports Microsoft’s open government initiatives," said Alban de Bergevin,PMP, Portfolio and EVM strategist, Microsoft Public Sector. "Making it available through CodePlex increases the ability to adapt to any future updates to the standard."
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