Products 2017-01-17T19:59:21+00:00

AlNik’s PMPlan Enterprise Tool Suite:

Project Management, Project Portfolio and “Workforce/Workload” Administrative Support Tools For Project Managers, Line Managers and Financial Managers:

  • Are based on the foundation for the requirement of a complet Earned Value Management (EVM) Project Management suite of tools. These tools are based not only on providing the appropriately thought-through tools to support the general criteria of “Workload” proposal preparation and project management, but can provide additional capabilities for management to assign and forecast “Workforce” needs.

 Since 2003, PMPlan has helped BOTH well established Project Management Offices and Program Control Offices as well as companies that are just starting to leverage Project Management Standards across an organization. Among these prominent users are:

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Comment from a user:  “…PMPlan Enterprise has been a huge benefit…There is a significant amount of time reduction for avoided manual calculations, material part inputs, and pricing audit support efforts, which have resulted from the integrated PMPlan usage…which every business could readily embrace with quickly calculated, improved pricing and forecasting accuracy at a reduced labor cost performed in audit supportable formats…PMPlan a SQL Server based integrated Enterprise system, is used for all proposal pricing, program cost/schedule tracking, audit support, EVMS status, and reporting. We reviewed 12 other software packages and other modular software packages before purchasing PMPlan…”, while meeting the criteria for the Project Management and EVMS guideline criteria of ANSI/EIA-748 and DoD-5000.2 and the DCAA guidelines for proposal documentation and pricing.

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“PMPlan Enterprise Tools for Project Management; Workload/Workforce Planning, Pricing and Forecasting;
and a View of the Status and Health of All of the Organizations Workload and Workforce Portfolio!,”

AlNik Products

The Primary Product Differences between the Stand-Alone PMPlan4 Pro vs. PMPlan4 Enterprise/Premier Versions using a Common Network based Database:

Both products can handle WBS, Schedule, Budget, Estimate-To-Complete, Schedule/Cost Risk Assessment, and Earned Value.

Enterprise/Premier adds the following major features:

  • Central Management of Staff and Burden Rates (done on a monthly basis)
  • Central Import of Actual Data
  • Maintains list of Baselines
  • Maintains separate rates for Baseline and ETC (contracted vs. current)
  • Can select Pricing Type (Gov., Comm., I&RD, etc)
  • Can handle T&M Projects
  • Has Resource Breakdown to allow rollup of data to summary resources
  • Can create Cost Breakdown Reports
  • Can generate all CPR/IPMR formats(7)
  • Formal Change Request Feature
  • Formal CAM EVM Input with PM Approval Feature
  • Can summarize several projects into one master project
  • All Projects are in one location (Can control what permissions users have on a project)
  • Multi-Users can price the project at the same time
  • Can feed into Workforce and Portfolio Modules for upper management to get a quick, immediate summary!

AlNik Solutions has several customers’ CFO operations that have an active interest in the Portfolio reporting and the interfacing of PMPlan to their accounting systems. All of these customers have invested in the Enterprise/Premier versions of PMPlan for the advanced capabilities they contain. From the financial point of view, some of these customers using PMPlan, and using the advanced Enterprise applications, look at interfacing and the Portfolio of performance reports. While others, using the advanced Enterprise applications of PMPlan, take a more detailed position as they also look at interfacing and the Portfolio of performance reports, but use the workload and workforce Portfolio and/or data mining of the database for finance specific reports, for corporate budgeting purposes and for analysis of the total project workload and associated workforce resource forecasting.

Several customers of ours are using, or interested in using the integrated PMPlan project management tool for their proposal pricing applications, and of these an DCAA approved pricing system using PMPlan Enterprise to develop the pricing, and the associated pricing documentation expected by the DCAA, who’s representative had very positive comments to a customer of the fact that the total integration of the pricing process included an integrated project management system.

    AlNik’s Stand-Alone editions:

    • PMPlan Standard a stand-alone single user PM tool for Industrial and Government applications.
    • PMPlanPro the stand-alone single user “EVM Lite” application, much like PMPlan Standard, but with additional functionality and capabilities found in the multi-user Enterprise environment.

    AlNik’s Multi-User editions:

    • The PMPlan Enterprise project portfolio applications including PMPlan the Project Management resource for the organizations “Workload”, LMPlan the Line Management resource for “Workforce” forecasting and assignments, and PMFolio the Senior Management resource for the project(s) and the organizations “Workload” and “Workforce” performance and forecasting portfolio.
    • PMPlan Enterprise Premier is a ”PMPlan Enterprise multi-user Product” without the optional Line Management Forecasting and Portfolio Modules, and with a different licensing method.

Products and Product Comparisons

AlNik Solutions PMPlan Tools for Project and Line Management, and Organizational Project Portfolio are integrated and developed for the following:

  • Project Workload Planning and Scheduling
  • Project Workforce/Resource Allocation and Forecasting
  • Project Budgeting and Proposal Pricing
  • Project Proposal Development Support
  • Project Organizational Portfolio Support

AlNik Solutions has two primary Project Management tool product lines: the Single User “Stand-Alone” strictly Project Management support; and the Multi User Enterprise tools with PMPlan Enterprise “Premier” providing a more reasonably priced “Start-Up” Enterprise capability, limited strictly to the Project Management tool, but upgradable to a “Project Portfolio System” with the purchase of the Line Management and Portfolio tools;  and the superior PMPlan Enterprise tools being an “Organizational Project Portfolio System”, providing Project Management planning and execution, Line Management assignment and forecasting, and Portfolio structure support!

 

Comparison of the Features of the “Stand-Alone” PMPlan Standard (STD)© and PMPlanPro (PRO)© tools, and the “Multi-User” PMPlan Enterprise “Premier” (PRE)© and PMPlan Enterprise (ENT) tools.

KEY Features *

PMPlan PMPlan PMPlan PMPlan

 – Developing the Work Breakdown Structure –

STD

PRO

PRE

ENT

Interactive Master Work Breakdown Structure
(MWBS) view development

Integrated Scope Report Generation
(WBS, notes, objectives, BOEs)

A rich text file of the WBS with objectives, notes, and other information in Outline Form for import into word processors.

Interactive Graphic Logic Network view

Interactive Intergrated Master Schedule
(Graphic Gantt) View

Track Deliverables

Line Items
(list of sub-activities tracked, but not scheduled)

Position Milestones anywhere within the project

Recurring Activities
(i.e. progress reports, one row in Gantt)

Document Repository
(attach files to WBS elements)

Custom Calendars by Project and/or Activity

– Pricing –

STD

PRO

PRE

ENT

Multiple Burden Rate Tables
(Overhead, G&A, ODC, multi-year)

Pricing Type
(Government, Commercial, IR&D, Sales, etc.)

Time and Material
(T&M) Rates

Handle Job Categories and track cost variance between actual resource and job category rates, found in T&M Pricing

Costs and Resource Rollup to upper levels

Always see Total Project Cost when resource loading

Level (move) Resources over-allocation from one resource to other resources

Number of colors displayed for allocation levels

Loading views can display Full Time Equivalents

Prevents Resource Loading at Upper Levels

Proposal Pricing & Documentation
(DCAA acceptable)

User Defined Proposal Reports

Multi-Level Resource Breakdown Structure

Organizational Breakdown Structure

Interactive Resource Total Loading Table
(Row – WBS elements / Columns – Resources).
This feature allows rapid initial costing of project

Schedule Multiple Resources per Activity

Auto-Spread of Resources
(Flat, Front-End, Back-End, Custom)

Material Details per activity: Description, Vendor, Part Id, Unit Type, Cost per unit, Basis, and Quantity by period

Travel Details per activity with Travel between, Persons, Days, Airfare, Per Diem, Car Rental, Basis, and Quantity by Period.

Basis of Estimate Field

Invoicing Plan

– Project Tracking and Earned Value –

STD

PRO

PRE

ENT

Work Authorizations

Provides Earned Value Methodology

Flexible EVM Measurements
(% comp., 0%-100%, 20%-80%, others)

Insert Earned Value Milestones

Contract Performance Report-Lite
(CPR Format 1)

Contract Performance Reports
(CPR Formats 1 thru 5:  DoD-I-5000.2)

Multi-Baselines with comparisons

Estimate-At-Completion
(EAC) snapshots with comparisons

Change Request – go through approval process before committed

– Project Tools –

STD

PRO

PRE

ENT

Risk Assessments
(Schedule & Cost)

DMCA 14 Point Assessment

Summarize Multiple Projects

Archive Project
(has archive database)

Multi-users access to projects

Flat File import of Actual Data

Direct import of Actuals from Company Accounting System

Opt

Imports MS Project XML files
(WBS, Logic Network, Schedule)

Exports MS Project XML files
(WBS, Logic Network, Schedule)

Transfer any table text to spreadsheet applications

Workforce Module

Opt

Portfolio Module

Opt

– Specifications –

STD

PRO

PRE

ENT

Activities per Project

5,000

10,000

32,000

32,000

Milestones per Project

5,000

10,000

32,000

32,000

Number of Characters in Objective/Scope/Basis Of Estimate

8,000

16,000

32,000

32,000

Loading views can display Full Time Equivalents

Smallest Scheduling Unit

1 day

1 day

1 day

1 day

Number of Auto-Formatted Levels in Gantt View

6

6

6

6

Licensed by User Seat License

Licensed by Concurrent Users Method

Each Project is Separate Project File

All Projects stored in the same Central Database of Projects