Original Date: 09/14/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Totally Integrated Enterprise System
Previously, Raytheon Missile Systems Company’s (RMSC’s) program initial phases were characterized by a series of start and stop activities (e.g., proposal team formulation and disbanding) in which generated project data was ineffectively collected, stored, and made accessible for use in subsequent phases. The result was an expensive, inefficient, start-up process that led to poor contract performance. To resolve this situation, RMSC developed a suite of tools known as the Totally Integrated Enterprise System (TIES).
TIES is designed to facilitate a closed-loop methodology that governs all phases of a program. The system ties together all aspects of engineering and manufacturing programs including initial development of integrated master plans and schedules, proposals, contracts, budgets, executions, and closeouts. By using a closed-loop methodology, TIES enables a program’s baseline (created at the bid decision) to be reported, refined, and updated in each subsequent phase. This state-of–the-art system creates a flexible environment that encourages tasks to be automated. Attributes of TIES include a single, shared planning and actuals database; an integrated business process; program cost visibility; a flexible client/server system; and a multi-platform architecture.
RMSC has successfully employed TIES in numerous proposal and support activities. During the first several years of implementation, the company reduced its management information workforce by 33%, decreased cycle time by 52%, and maintained an approximately equivalent workload. TIES represents a pioneering effort in integrating project plans, estimates, budgets, and performance measurements.
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