Safran North America releases UNCEFACT XML for Microsoft ® Project and Safran products

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Government sanctioned XML file to monitor schedule performance compatible with Central Repository

I am pleased to announce that Safran remains a leader in providing cutting edge capabilities for its customers

Safran North America (SNA), one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of project management applications, announced today that it has successfully completed the development of export capability from its Safran for Microsoft Project and Safran Project applications to produce the international UNCEFACT XML file for scheduling. The XML file, which is sanctioned by the National Defense Industrial Association and the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), normalizes scheduling information coming from proprietary software applications to conform to open systems standards.

Earlier in the year the defense agency, which has oversight of all Defense-related contracts, had published the schema for the new XML standard, which is expected to eventually displace the government and industry standard ANSI X12 standards. Allowing scheduling information to be read across software applications has always been problematic and the ANSI X12 806 was not universally accepted. Because Safran applications uniquely provide cost-schedule integration at a level not found elsewhere, the UNCEFACT XML was a natural evolution in its development roadmap. In Third Quarter 2009 Safran submitted its version of the XML file to DCMA for testing and conformance with the government's new Central Repository. It is expected that the Central Repository will archive information on government funded programs to track contractor performance, particularly in line with the federal government's new requirements for performance management in the expenditure of government funds.

"I am pleased to announce that Safran remains a leader in providing cutting edge capabilities for its customers," said Safran North America CEO, Nicholas Pisano. "The scheduling XML capability not only provides the ability to meet this important new reporting requirement for Safran Project users but also extends the functionality of Microsoft® Project combined with Safran for Microsoft Project to provide a complete solution in the Aerospace and Defense and Federal markets."

Safran is currently working on the UNCEFACT XML requirement for a separate export file for cost data and, in response to a recently released XML requirement for integrated cost and schedule, is in the initial stages of development for this new requirement also. The projected release of these additional files is during First Quarter 2010.

Matt Pitstick, Safran North America's Chief Technology Officer (CTO), concluded: "Safran will continue to be proactive in providing new functionality and technology that meets our customers' needs. In addition to the XML, we just released a beta of a complete 14-point assessment that leverages Safran's unique approach to cost-schedule integration that is second to none and are working diligently to ensure that our customers are ready for the release of Microsoft ® Project 2010. With our modern architecture and the conformance to the UNCEFACT XML requirements our customers will be well positioned to meet their competitive requirements well into the future."

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