SNA Software releases DECM 3.6.1 Update
SNA Software LLC is excited to announce that it has updated its Data Driven EVM Compliance Metrics (DECM) capabilities to the latest version 3.6.1 published by the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). DECM is used by DCMA to assess the validity of program management data being submitted by suppliers to the Department of Defense and some federal agencies. SNA Software’s Proteus Envision product is used by DCMA to apply its DECM test metrics, and its software used to validate the data for billions of DoD and federal program dollars, involving the proper capture and analysis of millions of data records.
Of the 143 total test metrics included in this version, SNA Software LLC has validated all of the roughly 70 automated test metrics to the expected results provided in the latest DCMA dataset revision. SNA’s Proteus Envision also provides a conduit for the remaining manual tests to be recorded and progress in qualitative results reviewed through time-phasing visualization of the data.
The DCMA DECM dataset revisions encompass nearly 24 data assessment scenarios consisting of 3,600 test metric results that SNA used to validate and match to 100% fidelity against the DCMA expected results. Along with this update, SNA Software has updated miscellaneous outputs like nulling results when datasets are missing and updating test score logic when denominator test is N/A. This update coupled with the prior release of functional enhancements to the Proteus Envision DECM solution will provide the most up-to-date and powerful solution on the market to calculate, assess and report on DECM results.
Commenting on the release Matt Pitstick, the CTO of SNA Software, commented: “With the open architecture of Proteus Envision, DCMA throughout the years has been internally modifying our test metric code to get the outputs they expected, as well as to validate CCB changes to the tests simultaneously as they’re released to the public. We have always maintained version updates in parallel, but through this validation our commercial customers can have confidence that Proteus Envision for DECM will show the same results as the agency, regardless of the variability of their EVMS system descriptions and underlying applications, and be up-to-date.”
SNA will be releasing the update to Proteus Envision DECM to its other government and commercial customers over the course of the month of January 2021. As with all functional upgrades under Proteus’ unique technology, customers can update their configurations without need to run the update through special testing or validation as with hard-coded software releases–another advantage of the SNA approach to software solutions.
For more information on SNA Software and Proteus Envision, including its DECM product, visit our website at https://sna-software.com.
Published by Nick Pisano
Mr. Pisano has over 30 years of extensive experience in the software, project, business and acquisition management fields in both government and private industry. He is a retired “mustang” U.S. Navy Commander having been assigned leadership positions of increasing responsibility throughout his military and civilian careers. He has served as a project management policy expert, government contracting officer, contract negotiator, as business manager for nine multi-billion dollar programs in NAVAIR, as a Chief Information Officer, and as a government program manager, aside from various assignments at sea and overseas.
He is internationally recognized as the developer and co-developer of several project management techniques and methodologies integrating risk and technical performance, and in the establishment of the DoD policy and vision for an integrated digital environment. In recognition of his contributions in this field he was awarded the 1997 Acquisition Research Symposium David Acker Skill in Communications Award. While serving on active duty he also received numerous personal awards, citations and commendations.
He completed his career on the staff of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology (OUSD(A&T)) where he developed new project management processes and participated in the development of acquisition policy.
Since his Navy career Mr. Pisano has held senior positions in various high tech project management companies. Among those were as Senior Director of EPM Product Marketing at Deltek after a successful career as director of sales and marketing of C/S Solutions, Inc., a software company that developed and sold the wInsight and Risk+ products. In this latter position he advised and counted among his customers virtually every major A&D and federal support contractor; U.S. DoD, OMB, and federal agencies; and defense-related agencies in the U.K., Australia, and Japan.
Mr. Pisano holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland (Honors), an M.S. from Pepperdine University, an M.A. from the Combat Studies Institute of the Army Command and General Staff College (Honors), and is a graduate of the senior executive program of the Colgate-Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia. He has also successfully attended advanced formal education in software engineering, project management, contracts law, and on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
His articles have appeared in various acquisition and project management journals and publications, and his posts on major project management websites. He is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a former board member of the College of Performance Management (CPM), is currently head of the National Defense Industrial Association Program Management Systems Committee (NDIA PMSC) Contracts Working Group, and a charter member of OSD’s PARCA advisory group..
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