USDA will use Metier project portfolio management system

USDA will use Metier project portfolio management system

The Agriculture Department is piloting a project portfolio management tool to give bureau managers an overview of their capital asset planning needs.

The application, WorkLenz from Metier Ltd. of Washington, will show officials how their own projects fit into the department's IT portfolio, said Gregory Parham, USDA's associate CIO for IRM.

The tool will help automate the process of preparing OMB Exhibit 300s, the business case and capital asset planning documents that the Office of Management and Budget is requiring for the fiscal 2005 budget process, Parham said. Its dashboard-style, browser-based display shows cost, scheduling and performance metrics at a glance.

'We had largely focused our efforts on individual project management,' Parham said. Though USDA will continue to use the IT Investment Portfolio System, managers will be able to supplement I-TIPS with WorkLenz.

WorkLenz is based completely on the Microsoft .Net architecture for Web services, said Douglas Clark, Metier's chief executive officer. The application can export Exhibit 300 materials in Extensible Markup Language to meet OMB's requirements.

In May Metier debuted version 4.1 of its WorkLenz project management tool, and USDA will get version 4.2 when it comes out in September, Clark said.

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