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How to Set Up Your IBR for Success

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Monday, September 23, 2019

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Deltek PPM, Government & Public Sector, News

Let’s start by ensuring we have an understanding of the purpose and goals that drive an Integrated Baseline Review (IBR).

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2nd Annual Empower User's Group Workshop Review

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Monday, September 16, 2019

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Government & Public Sector

The Empower User's Group is an annual event, with this year's event held at the beautiful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, FL.  This was such a fantastic location to host an event, word through the grapevine is Encore Analytics might host the event here next year as well.

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The First Annual Empower User's Group (EUG) Does Not Disappoint

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Thursday, September 13, 2018

Categories: Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Training, Encore Analytics Empower

Tool. Check. Training. Check. After an organization has invested in technology and trained its users it is often assumed the job is done.  But that is just the beginning. 

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The New Look and Feel of Deltek Cobra 8.0

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Government & Public Sector

If you are in the market for a cost management tool your short list likely includes Deltek Cobra.  Cobra has a long history of playing a role in both large and small implementations of earned value tools with customers of various sizes.

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DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject™ Version 4 Takes Schedule Analysis to the Next Level

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Categories: Earned Value Management (EVM), forProject Technology

Recently Pinnacle was offered a sneak peek at the features of the upcoming version 4 upgrade of DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject™ which is planned for release this October, 2017.

DCMA Schedule Analyzer forProject™ has long offered a simple yet powerful way to assess the health of the schedule based on the DCMA 14-Point Assessment methodology as an add-in to Microsoft Project.  The new version adds significant new capabilities for schedule analysis.

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Deltek MPM to Sunset, Part 3; Factors to Consider When Selecting a Replacement

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Monday, May 22, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Energy, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Technology, Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Deltek PPM, Government & Public Sector, Training, Enterprise Project Management (EPM)

For many years, Deltek's Micro-Frame Program Manager (MPM) has been the backbone of many Earned Value Management systems.  It provided a simplistic cost engine for a single program environment that could be integrated with scheduling data to meet the needs of even government programs.  Sadly, the software is being phased out by Deltek.  By now you will have received notice the software will be moving from maintenance support to sustaining support by the end of next year.  This necessitates selection of a new cost engine and potentially an overhaul of all program management applications.

In Part 1 of this series, we explored What Does Maintenance Support and Sustaining Support Really Mean?

In Part 2, we explored Remaining on MPM.

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Deltek MPM to Sunset, Part 2; Remaining on MPM

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Biotechnology, Engineering & Construction, Earned Value Management (EVM), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Deltek PPM, Government & Public Sector, Training, Enterprise Project Management (EPM)

For many years, Deltek's Micro-Frame Program Manager (MPM) has been the backbone of many Earned Value Management Systems.  It provided a simplistic cost engine for a single program environment that could be integrated with scheduling data to meet the needs of even government programs.  Sadly, the software is being phased out by Deltek.  

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Deltek MPM to Sunset, Part 1; What Do Maintenance Support and Sustaining Support Really Mean?

By Lia Briggs, PMP on Monday, April 10, 2017

Categories: Aerospace & Defense, Biotechnology, Earned Value Management (EVM), Enterprise Project Controls (EPC), Integrated Program Management (IPM), Project Portfolio Management (PPM), Deltek PPM, Enterprise Project Management (EPM)

For many years, Deltek's Micro-Frame Program Manager (MPM) has been the backbone of many Earned Value Management systems.  It has been providing a simplistic cost engine for a single program environment that could be integrated with scheduling data to meet the EVM reporting needs of government programs, but the software will soon be phased out by Deltek.  

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