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Today, SAP launches a new analytic application called Program Performance Analysis for Aerospace and Defense. The application brings over 300 metrics and KPIs across 30 dimensions from any number of enterprise source systems to program managers in a set of intuitive dashboards. We designed this new application through a series of co-innovation sessions with some of the industry’s leading companies and their top program managers, in which we acquired the “best of the best” from industry in their requirements. The application is designed to give program managers, line of business executives, and operations leaders a best practices approach to quickly achieve insight into program performance and predictive indicators of potential risks. We built the solution on an in-memory database for real-time data insight even for environments with thousands of contracts and complex program structures.

The Lean Program Management Working Group ( declared Firefighting (i.e., focusing resources on fixing problems instead of preventing them) as the number one challenge for programs with a key theme being “Improper Metrics, Metric Systems and KPIs”.  For enablers to best address programs staying on cost and schedule targets, the group derived a set of enablers, one of which is “Use of effective metrics: Leading indicators, transparency regarding status on all levels, clear line-of-sight to strategic goals”. Give me a shout to discuss the quickest way to deploy one of the key enablers from the Lean Program Management initiative.

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