SNA Software Welcomes New Employee for NASA Program Support
SNA Software is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Chris Hassler as a Software Support Specialist in charge of supporting its NASA program business. Mr. Hassler’s duties will include the coordination of its activities in providing both the implementation of a comprehensive digital program management capability and coordinate technical support for the various customers within the agency.
Nick Pisano, CEO, of SNA Software had this to say about the hiring of Mr. Hassler. “Chris was a noteworthy and essential individual in the creation, development and adoption of the international XML standard for project management data adopted by three federal agencies. His efforts resulted in millions of dollars in acquisition cost savings while, simultaneously and significantly, elevating data quality and improving the processes that underlie that data. His efforts on behalf of the Department of Defense paralleled our own, similar, efforts in data capture, transformation, and visualization across industry and government. We feel fortunate to bring his considerable talents to the SNA team.”
Mr. Hassler is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology with a degree in Astronomy. His conceptualization and leadership in the adoption of the XML schema in the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) has allowed that agency to streamline and improve its assessment of the validity of data submitted to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies in the area of project performance in capital R&D programs. He also partnered with the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) to produce the first XML standard and two subsequent updates. He served as Vice Chair of the Construction Business Group and Chair of the Trade and Business Group in UN/CEFACT as well. Prior to this work he also did important software and data visualization work for the U.S. Navy’s telecommunication service contracting process at overseas bases.
In remarking on his role at NASA for SNA, Mr. Hassler remarked: “I am excited to be working with NASA, an organization I have admired for as long as I can remember. Bringing integrated project, technical, and risk management to them will dramatically help them to fulfil their mission.”
SNA’s solutions have been in NASA for many years, providing schedule portfolio management functionality across several projects. It’s current mission in NASA will be to provide the first comprehensive program management solution to a government program management team not solely focused on earned value management and schedule integration.
Matt Pitstick, SNA’s Chief Technology Officer, remarked: “Our role at NASA will be to capture and integrate into a comprehensive information and knowledge-based environment that captures all data elements related to effective program management. This includes program goals, the elements of the integrated master plan, technical performance, integrated master schedule, earned value, financial execution, and qualitative and quantitative risk for each of these elements. Chris, with his strong background in data schemas and his familiarity with Proteus and Envision, will provide an invaluable level of expertise and leadership in assisting the agency in achieving these groundbreaking goals through our unique technology.”