CA adds EVM tools to Clarity package

CA this week announced that it has added features to its Clarity Project and Portfolio Manager package that can help government agencies meet federal earned-value management mandates.

CA Clarity can help federal agencies and contractors conform to the ANSI/EIA-748 standard for EVM, a standard adopted by the Defense Department for applying EVM systems to government programs and projects, CA officials said.

The EVM functionality added to Clarity will give agencies a single unified view of project planning to better manage budget forecasts, accrued cost and earned value data, the company said. It also satisfies the federal mandate to comply with ANSI/EIA-748. The Office of Management and Budget requires that major IT investments use an EVM approach that conforms to the ANSI/EIA-748 standard in order to comply with a series of federal mandates, including OMB circulars A-11 and A-123 and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002.

The EVM features are Web-based and let users track EVM data online. CA Clarity PPM also uses configured dashboard views to give project managers at-a-glance data to create budgets and update forecasts. Users can track data in categories such as labor, expense, materials and equipment.

'The ability to meet stringent IT project compliance regulations put forth by the U.S. federal government has remained a complex undertaking, one that is compounded by the limited point solutions currently available,' said Helge Scheil, general manager of CA's IT governance business unit.

'Government agencies understand the importance of demonstrating greater IT efficiency and value, particularly during the current economic downturn,' said David McClure, managing vice president of Gartner. 'Government organizations still struggle with technical challenges involving diverse operating systems platforms and application integration. Project and portfolio management tools with integrated EVM functionality are increasingly being looked to as a means to help address the specific project management requirements common within the public sector.'

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