Empower is the first and only browser-based analytical tool that integrates earned value, schedule, work authorization, and other key performance data to enable proactive management of complex projects.

Empower™ features an attractive and powerful user interface that provides immediate productivity gains for control account managers, program managers, support staff, and oversight organizations. Empower is specifically designed to quickly locate problem areas, identify trends, display element-of-cost information, graphically display schedule Gantt information, provide immediate insight into data quality issues, support data-driven audit initiatives, and streamline the creation of narrative analyses with integrated workflow. The browser-based architecture provides a lower total cost of ownership than desktop tools, since no application is installed on individual computers. Updates are performed on a single server and user maintenance is centralized. Empower leverages your current software investment by seamlessly integrating with existing databases, migrating many of your customizations, and providing a familiar interface that will reduce implementation and training costs.

Empower™ features an attractive and powerful user interface that provides immediate productivity gains for control account managers, program managers, support staff, and oversight organizations.

Powerful Sort Windows

Sort Windows are used to identify problem areas, to sort elements based on performance, and to filter elements based on user-specified parameters (control account manager, performance, dollar value, data quality indicator (DQI), etc.). The Empower Sort Window provides maximal ease of use for technical managers, without sacrificing the flexibility and power required by more demanding users. Technical managers will appreciate the interactive filtering, single-click sorting, drill-down/drill-up, global views, and global filters. Users who desire more flexibility can build custom views and filters that are stored independently for each user and are available from any client machine. Views can be built using a simple drag-and-drop methodology. Existing views can be imported from Deltek, Inc.’s wInsight® software or they can be built in the Empower View Editor. Filters can be built interactively and saved for reuse, imported from wInsight, or created using the Empower Filter Editor. The Empower Sort Window supports a tree view that maintains the hierarchical relationship of elements during sorting and filtering. This provides a visualization of the control account-to-work package hierarchical relationship that is very useful when performing interactive program reviews and generating narrative analyses. Sort Windows can be exported to Microsoft Excel with perfect formatting, including color codes and trend arrows.

Integrated Data Quality Indicators

Data quality is one of the most serious challenges facing integrated project management today. Data errors marginalize management’s effective use of the information and negatively impact customer confidence in supplier management systems. Empower contains a powerful analytical engine that examines earned value data, scheduling data, cost and schedule data integration, and estimates-at-complete against a rule-based system, to identify data quality and integration issues. System outputs are designed to support the control account manager ("What are the auditors likely to ask me about?") as well as provide management-by-exception capability for program-level personnel. A DQI column can be added to any view to quickly identify elements that have data quality issues. A detailed DQI report can be generated for each element, which lists all data anomalies by category. DQI information for all elements in a period, or for all periods of any single element, can be easily exported to Microsoft Excel for further analysis and reporting.

Integrated Schedule Gantt View

Control account managers often struggle with providing an integrated cost and schedule assessment when generating narrative analyses. Empower displays the detailed schedule activities for each linked element for quick comparison of the earned value schedule variance, and the actual vs. planned schedule performance. It graphically displays the baseline plan, current plan, percent complete, activity relationships, and critical path. The Gantt grid supports user-defined filters and views and can be sorted on any column.

Streamlined Reports and Charts

Empower includes a host of charts and reports that have been optimized to streamline the task of performance measurement analysis and reporting. Charts and reports are clean and intuitive. Charts can be zoomed, expanded, printed, and exported for incorporation into other tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.

Quick access to element-of-cost information is provided at all levels for cumulative, incremental, budget-at-complete, and estimate-at-complete data. Time-phased headcount charts are also available at all levels for quick analysis of staffing needs. Users can easily build custom charts through a simple dialog box interface and quickly export chart data to Microsoft Excel.

The Empower Artificial Intelligence Report provides a clear and concise plain-English interpretation of performance-to-date, which is contrasted with projected performance to evaluate the reasonableness of the estimate-at-complete. Other reports such as the Validity Report and DQI Report have been designed to organize issues by type and/or severity, with the rules that triggered the warning clearly identified. Reports can be exported to a tailored HTML format that imports seamlessly into Microsoft Office.

Narrative Analysis Collection and Approval

The generation, collection, and approval of narrative analysis inputs can be one of the most time-consuming, challenging, and stressful tasks associated with meeting performance management deliverables. Easing the burden on technical managers and reducing the cycle time for narrative analysis submissions are key goals of virtually every organization we touch. Narrative input workflow is now directly integrated into the Empower editor for in-place submission, review, and approval or rejection of the narrative. The workflow engine is fully integrated with an email notification system that can be launched manually as required, or be configured to run automatically to match your organization’s business rhythm. Narrative status information can be seamlessly integrated into existing views, providing an integrated environment for a PM/CAM to not only understand the root cause of a variance, but also to effortlessly determine the state of a VAR input (i.e., who has not submitted a VAR, who needs to rewrite a VAR (and why), and which VARs need to be reviewed for approval).

With Empower, technical managers don’t start with a blank screen when initiating a narrative analysis. Empower provides templates based on specific breaches and provides a unique methodology to pull prior period narrative submissions forward, automatically updating the performance numbers within the text to the new period’s values.

Empower fully supports the collection and processing of internal narrative analyses, as well as those required for the formal Format 5 submission of the IPMR. Both processes include quick identification of out-of-tolerance accounts, powerful cost/schedule analytics to assist in writing the narrative, and a robust editor with built-in workflow management. The workflow features include customizable email templates to support both submitter and approver roles. Email generation is optimized to group all required actions into a single email regardless of whether the manager’s accounts reside in one or more contracts.

Data-Driven Audit Support

Due to reductions in resources, government agencies have moved toward data-driven audits to help assess contractor management systems. With the release of Empower 3.3 at IPMW 2015, Encore was first-to-market with a commercial solution supporting the attributes and tests then contained in the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) EVAS initiative. Since that time, not only has the DCMA EVAS continued to evolve, but the data-driven audit initiative has expanded to other government organizations that use similar but not identical attribute and test criteria. To support this dynamic environment, Empower has been updated to allow the creation of custom test sheets that can be tailored to support the demands of distinct government customers, and allows those test sheets to change dynamically over time. (For example, metrics that are initially entered and tracked manually can be replaced with automated test metrics as more data becomes available; Empower will apply and display the appropriate metric in each period.) Encore Analytics is committed to providing and maintaining standard test sheets compatible with major government procuring agencies; however, Empower provides complete flexibility both to customize the standard test sheets and to develop unique test sheets as required. Empower includes standard reports that display the test results and provides the ability to identify the exact accounts/schedule activities that are failing selected tests via standard filters. Shown above is a sample report displaying the tests and results compared to the goal. Note that some test results are populated manually (asterisk in the "M" column) while others are populated automatically from the underlying data.

With Empower, data-driven audit metrics can be generated for submission to your customer as required, or run on a routine basis to support internal audit/surveillance preparation and documentation.

Rich and Intuitive User Interface

Empower provides an intuitive multi-window layout that incorporates dropdown menus; toolbars for commonly used functions; a status bar to display user selections; a rich text editor for Format 5 narrative input; resizable windows; and dialog boxes to provide a desktop-like application experience. Selecting an element in the Sort Window automatically updates the open chart and report.

Data Maintenance and Transfer

Empower includes complete functionality for database maintenance including: 1) import of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) files; 2) recalculation of the contracts; 3) export of EDI files; 4) generation of the Cost Performance Report (CPR) and Integrated Program Management Report (IPMR) outputs; 5) user maintenance (security); and 6) manual data entry. The EDI file import/export functions support the new DoD UN/CEFACT EDI IPMR, as well as structured Microsoft XLSX files, ANSI X12 839, wInsight XML, and wInsight backup (.WSA) files. In addition, Empower adds a new optimized format which leverages the bulk-data capabilities of the underlying databases, providing enormous increases in performance. Empower can be configured to automatically load cost, schedule and work authorization data files from a specified subdirectory or FTP site.

Integration With Other Data Sources

Project management data comes from many sources, including network file systems, databases, and websites. Empower’s Adaptive Touch Reports (ATR) allow site-specific integration with external data sources to display information such as "Who charged and how much?" Empower also provides a quick link to existing eCAM Notebooks hosted on shared drives or websites to provide a single point of entry for key programmatic data.

Simple to Deploy and Maintain

Empower is a server-based application that can be installed behind a firewall at your location, or hosted on external public cloud servers that have security levels up to and including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Updates to the software usually require only a single command at the server level; no client-side changes are required. Empower users need only a modern browser (one that supports HTML5 and JavaScript), an Empower website address, and login credentials.

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Sales & Support

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Company

About Encore Analytics

Encore Analytics, LLC was founded by the creative minds that brought you wInsight and Risk+, two incredibly successful software tools used for the proactive management of complex projects. After Deltek acquired C/S Solutions in 2006, Gary Troop and Jim Price took sabbaticals to pursue independent personal interests. Gary took on part-time roles as a professor at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and as a management consultant with Humphreys & Associates (H&A). Jim Price pursued new technologies related to browser-based computing and Apple's iPhone/iPad devices, which led him to develop a number of successful applications for those platforms.

Gary's work with DAU and H&A provided key insight into rapidly changing requirements for project management analytics and alerted him that software vendors were not updating their tools to meet changing market demands. Further, it was apparent that Microsoft Windows-based third-party applications were increasingly unacceptable on both government and industry desktop computers due to IT mandates. As a result, Gary and Jim partnered again to develop a rich browser-based solution to project management analytics. Encore Analytics' new software application, "Empower", was designed from the ground up to require only a browser on the client computer, yet still provide a rich interactive user interface to empower Control Account Managers, Program Managers and government oversight organizations with the critical information needed to successfully manage complex programs.

News

October 31, 2016 - Empower 3.5 Released

Empower 3.5 is a major upgrade that provides significant new capabilities and enhancements:

  • Integrated Action Item Tracking
    • Actions can be created, updated and viewed directly in Empower
    • Action item editor reflects user's role and current action status via customizable workflow
    • Action item templates allow seamless integration with VAR narratives
    • Action item views provide powerful sorting/filtering of current status and changes over time
    • Action item report tracks the sort/filter state of the action view for simple custom reporting
    • Email notifications with role-based email templates
  • Dashboards
    • Allows one-step save/restore of entire user interface configurations
      • Main window layout (content and size of each pane)
      • External charts and reports (size and location)
      • Current view, filter, and sort state
    • Global and per-user dashboards supported
    • Dashboards can be imported/exported to simplify reuse
  • New data imports
    • Deltek MPM exports to Microsoft Excel
    • DOE EV Cost Processor Data Export
  • New reports
    • Action Item Report
    • CFSR Reconciliation Report
  • User Access Tracking
    • Last access for each user of each contract
    • Access permissions for each user of each contract
    • Last password update for each user
  • Many other new features and enhancements

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


June 1, 2016 - Empower 3.4 Released

Empower 3.4 is a major upgrade that provides significant new capabilities and enhancements:

  • User-customizable data-driven audit reports
    • Add/modify/delete individual tests or entire test sheets
    • Different test sheets can be applied on a per-contract basis
    • Test sheets can apply different criteria on a per-period basis
    • Support for entry and tracking of manual tests
  • Integrated workflow for narrative approval
    • Narrative status available in views and filters
    • 'Action' menu in narrative editor reflects user's role and current narrative status
    • Copy-forward from previous month in narrative editor
    • Customizable automatic email notification
  • Gantt chart enhancements
    • Support for custom views and filters
    • Enhanced sorting
    • XLSX export
  • New charts and reports
    • CPI vs % Complete chart (Cum/Cur/both toggle)
    • Elements of Cost Report
    • BCWS Volatility Report
    • ETC Volatility Report
  • Many other new features and enhancements

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


November 16, 2015 - Empower 3.3 Released

Empower 3.3 is a major upgrade with many new features and enhancements, including:

  • Extensive support for DCMA's data-driven surveillance and audit initiative
    • Thirty-eight new data quality checks
    • Three new reports to enable/aid data traceability
    • New sort window fields allow interactive sorting and filtering on all DQIs
  • Flexible new XLSX-based imports for Microsoft Project, Primavera P6, WAD data, and cost and schedule data from in-house systems
  • New Baseline Volatility Report
  • Ability to calculate Format 3 Baseline and Format 4 Staffing from underlying time-phased data
  • Simplified and enhanced development of custom views and filters
  • Enhanced 'Watcher' tool for unattended and/or batch data loading
  • Major performance gains when working with very large data sets
  • Many other significant new features and enhancements

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


May 27, 2015 - Empower 3.2 Released

Empower 3.2 adds many new features and enhancements, including:

  • Two new time-independent performance charts
  • New charts and reports
  • Support for custom 'gauge' charts
  • Dramatically improved sum-button performance
  • Role-based menus and toolbars
  • User-defined data health checks
  • Many other enhancements

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


March 26, 2015 - ProjStream and Encore Analytics Form Technology Partnership

ProjStream and Encore Analytics announced today an interface between EVMax and Encore Empower to provide advanced earned value analytics to mutual customers. In addition, the companies have entered into a technology partnership to ensure the interface is maintained as the respective tools evolve, and have identified additional integration opportunities that will be delivered in the near future.


November 4, 2014 - EcoSys and Encore Analytics Form Technology Partnership to Integrate Earned Value Management Solutions

Encore Analytics announced today an interface between EcoSys EPC (Enterprise Planning & Controls) and Encore Empower to support advanced analytics for mutual customers. In addition, the companies have entered into a technology partnership to guarantee their mutual compatibility as their respective tools evolve, and to update their interface as new requirements and opportunities emerge. To view the complete press release click here, or download the PDF document.


November 3, 2014 - forProject Technology and Encore Analytics Form Technology Partnership

forProject and Encore Analytics announced today an interface between EVMS forProject and Encore Empower to provide advanced earned value analytics to mutual customers. In addition, the companies have entered into a technology partnership to ensure the interface is maintained as the respective tools evolve, and have identified additional integration opportunities that will be delivered over the next six months. To view the complete press release click here, or download the PDF document.


November 3rd, 2014 - Empower 3.1 Released

Empower 3.1 is a significant upgrade with a number of new features and enhancements, including:

  • New charts and reports
  • Ability to open charts and reports in external windows
  • Powerful new user script functionality
  • New import/export capabilities, including high performance native-database support
  • Many other enhancements

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


October 29, 2014 - Encore Analytics and Safran Software Solutions Partner to Deliver Integrated Earned Value Management Reporting Capabilities

Encore Analytics, a leader in earned value analytics, and Safran Software Solutions (Safran), a premier provider of enterprise project, risk and earned value management (EVM) software, have announced a technology partnership to provide unified analytics and reporting solutions needed to simplify EVM requirements while planning, executing and controlling complex projects. To view the complete press release click here, or download the PDF document.


October 28, 2014 - Integrated Management Concepts and Encore Analytics Announce Strategic Technology Partnership

Integrated Management Concepts (IMC) and Encore Analytics today announced a strategic technology partnership that will drive the evolution of cloud-based Earned Value Management (EVM) and ANSI-748 compliance for businesses working with the U.S. government. The companies also announced a new interface between IMC's DecisionEdge CloudEVM and Encore Analytics Empower that provides customers with advanced analytics that uses defined metrics to measure, analyze, forecast and improve overall project performance. To view the complete press release click here, or download the PDF document.


May 21st, 2014 - Empower 3.0 Released

Empower 3.0 is a major release that provides significant new capabilties for cost and schedule analysis. Database enhancements allow primary values to be stored exactly, eliminating rounding errors. At the same time, data storage has been completely uncoupled from data display, so that (for example) dollars can be stored to the penny, but displayed in thousands. New sort window options allow the full precision to be displayed on demand, regardless of scale. The display scale and default precision can be set for seprately for each unit, on a contract by contract basis. Dialog boxes now display only the structures and units relevant to the selected contract.

In addition, Empower 3.0 includes a number of new capabilities, including:

  • Custom charts
  • Sum button row
  • User EAC input dialog
  • User EAC narrative input, report, and templates
  • Enhanced C/S Variance Trends chart
  • Integration between filters and views
  • DQI cost and schedule metrics in filters and views
  • And many more...

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


January 3rd, 2014 - Empower 2.5 Released

Empower 2.5 provides major enhancements in the areas of schedule analytics and integrated cost/schedule analysis. Empower now allows for viewing of schedule data at all levels of the WBS, filtering for project critical path, generation of an extended set of schedule data quality indicators (DQI), display of a host of schedule analysis trend charts (BEI, CEI, Float & Schedule DQI metrics), and the ability to filter and sort WBS elements based upon true schedule performance. Empower 2.5 also includes over twenty-five other enhancements that were incrementally released to customers since May 2013 including:

  • Drill-Up/Down
  • PARCA-Verified IPMR XML Submissions for Formats 1-4
  • Enhanced Earned Value Analytics
  • Customizable Narrative Input Templates
  • Color-Coded Backgrounds for Analysis and Bubble Charts
  • IPMR Format 5 & 7 Export
  • Server Performance and Scalability Enhancements

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


July 3rd, 2013 - Encore Analytics is pleased to announce it was awarded a contract to supply the Department of Defense (DoD) Progress Assessment and Root Cause Analysis (PARCA) organization with analytical software tools to review and analyze data from the DoD Central Repository (CR). The contract includes implementation and training services.


June 20th 2013 - Washington DC area reception celebrating the release of Empower 2.0!

For those attending the WIG/EVM Practitioners Conference, this Encore Analytics-sponsored event is conveniently located at the same hotel. This is not a conference function, so you need not be a conference attendee to enjoy the event. Anyone in the local area is welcome to join us.

Version 2.0 marks the end of Empower's reliance on Deltek's wInsight Administrator® for data maintenance. We loved the positive feedback we received regarding Empower's advanced analytic interface, but heard "loud-and-clear" the market's desire for a single vendor for software support, maintenance and upgrades. In addition to building a complete administrator module, we have also added over a dozen enhancements to Empower's analytical interface. One lucky attendee will win an iPad Mini, but everyone will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a glimpse of Empower 2.0.


May 16, 2013 - The release of Empower 2.0 at EVM World on May 29th marks the end of Empower's reliance on Deltek's wInsight Administrator® for data maintenance. We loved the positive feedback we received regarding Empower's advanced analytic interface, but heard "loud-and-clear" the market's desire for a single vendor for software support, maintenance and upgrades.

Empower 2.0 includes complete functionality for data maintenance, including:

  • Import of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) files
  • Recalculation of the contracts
  • Export of EDI files
  • Generation of the Cost Performance Report (CPR) and Integrated Program Management Report (IPMR) outputs
  • User maintenance (security)
  • Manual data entry

The EDI file import/export functions support the new DoD UN/CEFACT EDI IPMR, as well as ANSI X12 839, wInsight XML, and wInsight backup (.WSA) files. Empower provides easy migration of wInsight data, user profiles, views, filters, and custom reports for a seamless move to the new environment.

In addition to building a complete administrator module, we have also added over a dozen enhancements to the Empower analytical interface, including cross contract filters, data validity checks for the new time-phased data on IPM Format 3, text-only grids for 508c accessibility, and a number of new charts.

Please see the 'Release History' tab for details.


October 29, 2012 - Encore Analytics releases "Empower", the first and only browser-based project management analytical tool. Customers can receive detailed demonstrations of the tool at the IPMC show at Booth 206.


Events

Upcoming Events

28th International Integrated Program Management Workshop 2016
October 31 - November 2, 2016
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, Maryland

EVM World 2017
May 31 - June 2, 2017
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

29th International Integrated Program Management Workshop 2017
October 30 - November 1, 2017
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, Maryland

Past Events

June 1-3, 2016
EVM World 2016
Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, FL

November 16-18, 2015
27th International Integrated Program Management Workshop
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

April 14-15, 2015
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) Meeting
Crystal City Westin, Arlington, VA

May 27-29, 2015
EVM World
New Orleans, LA

July 22, 2015
Empower Public Training
EVMP Forum 2015
Arlington, VA

July 23, 2015
EVMP Forum 2015
Arlington, VA

August 25-26, 2015
National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Integrated Program Management Division (IPMD) Meeting
Crystal City Westin, Arlington, VA

November 3-5, 2014
26th International Integrated Program Management Workshop
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

May 21-23, 2014
EVM World 2014
Grand Hyatt San Antonio, TX

November 18-20, 2013
25th International Integrated Program Management Conference
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Bethesda, MD

June 20, 2013
WIG/EVM Practitioners Conference
Washington DC

May 29-31, 2013
EVM World
Waldorf Astoria Naples, Florida

Release History

Version 3.5 (October 31, 2016)

  • Integrated Action Item Tracking
    • Action Item editor with customizable workflow
      • Create, update and assign actions
      • Available options reflect user's role and current action status
    • Action item templates for VAR reporting
      • Current status of element actions automatically included in VAR narrative
    • Action item views provide powerful sorting and filtering
      • Displays all actions and revisions for all elements
      • Filter to any subset, e.g., all revisions of a particular action, all open actions for an element or CAM, etc.
    • Action item report linked to the sort/filter state of action item view
      • Allows simple, flexible, task-oriented reporting for action item owners, auditors, and managers
    • Email notifications with role-based email templates
  • Dashboards
    • Allows one-step save/restore of entire user interface configurations
      • Main window layout (content and size of each pane)
      • External charts and reports (size and location)
      • Current view, filter, and sort state
    • Quickly configure the Empower user interface for the task at hand
      • EOC Analysis, VAR Reporting, etc.
    • Support for both global and per-user dashboards
    • Import/Export with other user items
  • New data imports
    • Deltek MPM exports to Microsoft Excel
    • DOE EV Cost Processor Data Export
  • New reports and report enhancements
    • Action Item Report
    • CFSR Reconciliation Report
    • Executive Summary Report updated
      • Now includes Estimated Completion dates
      • Share ratio order now matches IPMR
  • User Access Tracking
    • Last access for each user of each contract
    • Access permissions for each user of each contract
    • Last password update for each user
  • Other new features
    • Export EVAS matrix to Microsoft Excel to quickly identify which elements tripped which tests
    • Specified 'Admin users' can log in as Admin using their individual passwords
    • Status bar displays a maintenance expiration warning for Admin users
  • Other enhancements
    • Enhanced conditional includes for narrative and action item templates
    • Targeted DQIs modified to soften exact matches (eliminating false positives)
    • Optional indenting for WBS/OBS/etc. in IPMR/CPR export
    • Optionally export multiple IPMRs/CPRs with different units to one zipfile
    • Export wInsight-compatible files in different formats (XML, WSA, ZIP) based on user selection
    • Allow AuditReport tests to be overridden by exception, making it easier to create new AuditReports
    • Change default VAR narrative workflow from two tiers to three
    • Allow task predecessor and linking fields in any position in manual New_Project upload spreadsheet
    • Support multiple structures and units in EarnedValue and FutureEtc data uploads

Version 3.4 (Jun 1, 2016)

  • User-customizable data-driven audit report
    • Add/modify/delete individual tests or entire test sheets
    • Different test sheets can be applied on a per-contract basis
    • Test sheets can apply different criteria on a per-period basis
    • Support for entering and tracking results of manual tests
    • Customizable title and menu item text (new default = 'EVAS')
    • Optional reference line in report to identify test criteria source
  • Narrative approval workflow
    • Customizable roles, actions, states, workflow
    • Narrative status available in views and filters
    • 'Action' menu in narrative editor dynamically updates based on user role and narrative status
    • Copy forward from previous month in narrative editor
    • Email notification system to automate/schedule narrative status
    • Customizable role-based notification templates
  • Gantt chart enhancements
    • Custom views and filters
    • Enhanced sorting
    • XLSX export
  • New charts and reports
    • CPI vs % Complete chart (toggles Cum/Cur/both)
    • Elements of Cost Report
    • BCWS Volatility Report
    • ETC Volatility Report
  • Other new features
    • Export reports into stand-alone HTML files (retaining all formatting)
    • Option to enter current period data, rather than calculate it
    • Separate reporting levels for IPMR and EDI export
    • Option to manually mark items for VAR submission
    • Template values in narrative reports update automatically if underlying data changes
  • Other enhancements
    • Add BCWS, BCWP, ACWP, BAC, LRE to XLSX-based schedule import
    • Link user-defined structures in XLSX-based schedule import
    • Store EVAS report calculations on first open
    • Add UI to select users to user-script prompt dialog
    • Improved prompting for multi-argument pre-filters
    • User name added to status bar
    • Improved prompting and alert dialogs
    • Current BCWS, BCWP, ACWP added to earned value data download
    • Retain currently-selected user when saving in User Maintenance dialog
    • Retain existing flags when recalculating multiple contracts
    • Internal custom reports no longer require server-side access

Version 3.3 (Nov 16, 2015)

  • Added new features to support DCMA's data-driven surveillance and audit initiative
    • Incorporated a host of new data quality tests published in the June 16, 2015
      EVMSIG DCMA Test Steps.
    • Added new reports
      • DCMA Attributes and Tests (color-coded test results)
      • EVMS/IMS Integration (EVMS and IMS baseline and forecast)
      • WAD Baseline Integration (WAD, EVMS and IMS baseline)
    • Integrated DCMA test results with Empower's:
      • Sort Window
      • Charts
      • Reports
      • Microsoft Excel export for pivot table analysis
  • Improvements and additions to Empower's cost and schedule imports
    • Enhanced the Primavera P6 data import
      • Flexible field mapping
      • Includes additional fields to support the DCMA data-driven audit requirements
    • Import schedule data directly from Microsoft Project XLSX export files
    • Create new Empower Contracts, Periods and Projects from any cost or schedule system using easy-to-generate XLSX files
  • Added Schedule Hit/Miss DQI
  • Added the ability to turn on/off individual data quality indicators
  • Incorporated labor rate/efficiency, material price/usage and ODC price/usage variance calculations/fields for use in the sort window, charts, Format 5 input templates and reports
  • Added the ability to calculate CPR/IPMR Format 3 Baseline and Format 4 Staffing from the underlying time-phased data
  • Added the Baseline Volatility Report
  • Continued to Optimize Empower
    • Large Data Sets
      • Production-tested new Empower optimized data exchange format with CloudEVM. The import process is approximately 20 times faster on very large data sets.
      • Enhanced Filter Hierarchy generation to ensure each element has a unique code on very large contracts
      • Dynamic loading in 'Children' mode to load only what's necessary in very large structures
      • Other optimizations to reduce memory footprint and increase speed
    • Security Enhancements
      • Reworked Empower cookie handling, minimizing and locking sensitive information
      • Uses secure cookies when connecting with HTTPS
    • Dramatically expanded the logging and tracking features associated with the Empower server
      • Completely configurable
      • Track virtually everything
    • Enhanced identification of Element of Cost unit types for more standard control of charts and reports
    • Custom filters and views are now assigned to a user rather than a group, when groups are used
  • User Interface Enhancements
    • Added Tooltips to column headers in sort window to increase ease-of-use and lower training costs
    • The view and filter editors now track changes made interactively, making it easier than ever to create sophisticated views and filters.
    • Can now assign a display name to user data when the system user name is too long for easy recognition
    • Improved Sum Button functionality when views have been modified interactively
  • Enhanced the 'Watcher' utility which performs unattended data loading
    • Watcher now runs in a separate process for better memory management
    • Adds the ability to scan multiple folders with different loading parameters
    • Can now run in scheduled batch mode as well as listening continuously

Version 3.2 (May 27, 2015)

  • Two New Time-indepdent Performance Charts
    • Time-independent view of multiple elements quickly highlights poor performers
      • Cum CV vs % Complete Chart
      • Cost Per 1% Complete Chart
  • Gauge Charts
    • New 'Gauge' custom chart type allows up to nine gauges on a single chart
    • Vividly displays key performance indicators
  • New Items to Quickly Review Contract Performance
    • Contract Performance Chart
    • Executive Summary Report
  • Dramatically Improved "Sum Button" Performance
    • Summary row renders almost immediately even when the filtered dataset has 10s of thousands of elements
    • Provides fast, flexible, and intuitive 'drill-around' capability
  • Role-based menus by category of user
    • Allows custom menu/toolbar structures to be assigned by user category.
    • Provide users with just the functionality they need.
  • Automatic loading of data and configuration files
    • EDI files can be automatically loaded and recalculated, immediately or on a set schedule
    • Configuration files can be updated without direct access to the server
  • Element Mapper
    • Allows the mapping of elements from one structure to another to cross-populate performance data to alternate structures.
  • User-defined data health checks
    • Organizations can develop custom data health checks that will show in the DQI exception column, views, charts, Excel exports, and selected reports.
  • Publish periods (lock prior periods)
    • Allows the administrator to lock prior period narrative inputs (Format 5).
  • Many other new features and enhancements, including
    • Toggle data labels in chart legend
    • Export charts in Windows EMF format
    • Interactively set Sort Window decimal display
    • Hooks for user-supplied recalc procedures
    • Powerful new looping constructs for custom reports
    • Query and memory management enhancements for very large data sets

Version 3.1 (November 3, 2014)

  • Schedule Assessment Report
    • Displays color-coded performance vs. target performance for a variety of schedule metrics
  • User Script Functionality
    • Allows designated users to run custom queries and updates to better integrate Empower with local systems
    • Provides advanced database maintenance and upgrade capabilities without requiring the assistance of DBAs.
  • External Chart and Report Windows
    • Open any number of charts and reports in external windows (with multiple-monitor support)
    • Open custom reports in Empower's internal report pane
  • New Import/Export Capabilities
    • Import UN/CEFACT Format 7 files
    • Import Primavera P6 XLS schedule exports
    • Import/Export UN/CEFACT formats with Hours, EQP, and Elements of Cost
    • New native-database import/export option
      • Provides greatly improved performance (~ 20x) relative to other formats
      • Database-independent format is more easily generated and much smaller (3-30x) than other formats
  • Many other enhancements, including:
    • Variance Analysis Threshold And/Or flags can now be set independently for current, cumulative and at-complete variances
    • 'Long duration' threshold can be set on a per-contract basis
    • Multiple contracts/periods can be recalculated in a single operation
    • Improved sum button and drill-down behavior and interaction
    • Simplified development of custom, legacy, and adaptive-touch reports
    • Custom view, filter, chart, and report menus consolidated and stabilized
    • Improved integration with legacy browsers
    • New sample custom reports and charts
    • Server-side security updates

Version 3.0 (May 21, 2014)

  • Major data storage and display enhancements
    • Primary data is now stored exactly, eliminating rounding errors
    • Display scale is uncoupled from storage scale
      • For example, dollars can be stored to the penny, but displayed in thousands
    • Display scale and default precision can be set by contract for each unit
      • For example, dollars can be displayed in ones for small contracts, in thousands for large contracts
    • New sort window 'Set Decimal' option easily shows full precision when required
  • Custom charts
    • Add, delete, edit, import, and export user-defined charts
    • Supports single and dual axis; column, bar and line styles; cost, schedule and DQI fields
  • Sum button
    • Intelligently summarizes arbitrarily filtered data sets, within and across contracts
    • Charts and reports (including custom charts and legacy reports) can be generated for the summary row
  • User EAC input dialog
  • User EAC Narrative input, report, and input templates
  • DQI cost and schedule tests now available in views and filters (in addition to charts and reports)
  • Views can now specify a filter to be run automatically when the view is applied
  • Enhanced C/S Variance Trends chart shows forecast cost variance from time-now to completion
  • Simple 'one-step' creation of contracts and periods
  • Support for single sign-on (SSO) authentication on all platforms/browsers
  • Many other enhancements, including:
    • Cross-contract datasets now available for prior periods
    • New 'missing logic' DQI test (union of 'No predecessor' and 'No successor' tests)
    • Option to use 'Assessed Percent Complete' when displaying schedule
    • Automatic data scaling on import
    • Improved tolerance for common EDI file errors

Version 2.5 (Jan 3, 2014)

  • New schedule analytics charts available at all levels of the WBS
    • Schedule Execution (plots BEI, CEI and SPI trends)
    • Total Float (plots Total Float trend)
    • Constraints (constraints pie chart)
    • Schedule DQI (plot six schedule DQI trends)
    • Schedule DQI % (plots six schedule DQI percentage trends)
  • Additional integrated master schedule (IMS) Data Quality Indicator (DQI) checks
    • Out of sequence status
    • Hard constraint
    • BEI Incomplete
    • CEI Incomplete
    • No actual finish but percent complete = 100
    • Actual finish with percent complete < 100
  • Added "Not Linked", and "No EV data" validation checks
  • Updated DQI reports and Microsoft Excel exports to support new DQIs
  • New "Summary Six Period Trend DQI Report" summarizes the DQIs of all descendant elements for a selected parent
  • IMS Tasks can be linked to summary elements
  • IMS Tasks linked to child elements visible at any level
  • New schedule filters for milestones and critical tasks (toolbar toggles)
  • Enhanced formatting for VAR narrative HTML export
  • Import option to ignore new elements, structures, units
  • New import validation checks for common errors
  • "Delete shared" option to delete records linked to shared items

Version 2.4 (Dec 7, 2013)

  • Additional schedule fields in EV grid for sorting and filtering
    • BEI
    • CEI
    • Total Float
    • Total linked tasks
    • Incomplete linked tasks
  • Server enhancements
    • Share / reuse database connections
    • Concurrent execution of server-side code

Version 2.3 (Nov 11, 2013)

  • Export filters, views and reports
  • Narrative input templates
    • Predefined
    • Interactive
  • DQI IMS export to Microsoft Excel
  • Local spellcheck
  • Replace 'Manpower' with 'Staffing'

Version 2.2 (Oct 12, 2013)

  • Format 7 export
  • Empower re-implemented as stand-alone service, providing
    • Increased performance
    • Enhanced scalability
    • Greater flexibility and ease of deployment

Version 2.1 (Aug 4, 2013)

  • Drill-Down
  • C/S Variance Trend Chart
  • Bull's Eye Bubble Chart
  • Color coded background for analysis and bubble charts
  • PARCA verification of IPMR XML export Formats 1-4 (Sept 9, 2013)
  • Backward compatibility to support Microsoft IE 8
  • Rescale units utility
  • PostgreSQL database support

Version 2.0 (May 29, 2013)

  • Enhanced Analytics
    • "Prefilter" List in "Select Data Set" Dialog
    • Cross Contract Filtering
    • New Charts
      • EAC Realism
      • Baseline Change
      • Baseline History
      • Baseline Delta
      • Staffing Chart
      • Staffing Change
      • Staffing History
      • Staffing Detail
      • MR/UB Trend
      • Enhanced Cumulative Element Performance
    • New Data Validation Checks
      • Check BOP plus time-phased changes equals EOP for each column
      • Date reconciliation between Format 3 time-phased EOP BCWS and IMS baseline finish date
      • Date reconciliation between Format 3 Estimated Completion Date and IMS finish date
      • Date reconciliation between Format 3 Planned Completion Date and time-phased EOP BCWS.
    • Horizontal scrolling in grid/table display of Gantt View
    • "Pin" function to support aggregation of Format 5 narratives
    • Text only grid/sort window for 508(c) compliance
  • Empower Administrator Functions
    • Import electronic data interchange files (EDI)
      • Earned Value Data
        • IPMR UN/CEFACT Formats 1-4
        • ANSI 839 TRN Formats 1-5
        • wInsight XML Formats 1-5 and future period data for all elements
        • wInsight WSA Formats 1-5 future period data for all elements
      • Schedule Data
        • IMPR UN/CEFACT Format 6
        • wInsight XML
        • wInsight WSA
    • Database recalculation
      • Earned Value Data
      • Schedule Data
    • Export EDI Files
      • UN/CEFACT Formats 1-4
      • wInsight XML Formats 1-5 and future period data for all elements
      • wInsight WSA Formats 1-5 future period data for all elements
    • Generation of EV Formats 1-4 in human-readable format
      • IMPR (2012 DID)
      • CPR (2005 DID)
    • Manual data entry
    • User maintenance
      • Add users/multiple user in single operation
      • Groups
      • Change parameters (access rights, groups, etc.) on multiple users
      • Delete Users
    • Delete Contract, Period or Schedule
    • Delete Shared Data Items

Version 1.0 (October 29, 2012)

  • Browser-based integrated cost/schedule analytics
    • Sort Window
      • Interactive filters
      • Custom filters
      • Save interactive filters
      • Import wInsight filters
      • Global & user level filters
      • Interactive views
      • Custom views
      • Save interactive views
      • Import wInsight views
      • Global & user level views
      • Drag-and-drop columns
      • Single click sorting
      • WBS Tree view with sort, filter, and view support
      • Export to Microsoft Excel
    • Charts
      • Analysis charts
      • Elements of Cost charts
      • Zoom/Expand
        • Life of element
        • Twelve periods
        • Specific time-period
      • Toggle display data elements on/off
      • Export chart data to Microsoft Excel
    • Reports
      • Standard
        • AI Narrative
        • Six Period Summary
        • DQI
        • DQI Trends
        • VAR Narrative
        • User Narrative
        • SOW
      • Adaptive Touch Reports
      • wInsight custom reports
    • Gantt View
      • Display tasks for any lowest-level element
      • Baseline versus current plan
      • Red/Yellow/Green/White filtering
    • Data Quality Indicators (DQI)
      • Earned Value
      • Forecast
      • Schedule
      • Cost/schedule integration
    • CAM eNotebook link
    • Narrative analysis collection
    • Robust editor
      • Spell check
      • Change tracking
    • Honors wInsight security model

Contact Us

Company Headquarters
Encore Analytics, LLC
2522 N. Proctor Street, # 368
Tacoma, WA 98406-5338

Phone 866.890.4331
Fax 866.890.4331

Administration
admin@encore-analytics.com
866.890.4331 ext. 103

Sales
sales@encore-analytics.com
866.890.4331 ext. 1

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