Announcing Acumen Fuse™ A Revolutionary Metric Analysis and Visualization Tool Offering Resolution to Project Scheduling by Pinpointing Problematic Areas

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Acumen (http://www.projectacumen.com), announced today that it is launching Acumen Fuse™. Acumen Fuse is a revolutionary metric analysis and visualization tool that analyzes schedule, cost, risk, earned value and project performance. Using libraries of metrics, Acumen Fuse provides a powerful means of pinpointing problematic areas and activities within a project and providing solutions for resolution.

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“Acumen has found the cure to finding needles in stack of schedules,” said Gordon Aronson, Vision Consultants LLC. “Before now, finding problems and their root sources was a long, drawn-out manual search procedure to which every project controls professio

Acumen (http://www.projectacumen.com ), announced today that it is launching Acumen Fuse™. Acumen Fuse is a revolutionary metric analysis and visualization tool that analyzes schedule, cost, risk, earned value and project performance. Using libraries of metrics, Acumen Fuse provides a powerful means of pinpointing problematic areas and activities within a project and providing solutions for resolution.

This unique visualization tool takes snapshots of a project throughout time so users can see where the project is changing and what is causing these changes. One benefit of Fuse is that it allows users to perform path analysis along any point in the project. Path analysis shows what activities need to be done along any path in your project.

In addition to running a standard Fuse analysis, users can utilize the Comparison Analyzer to compare scenarios, metrics and phases against each other, which allows users to determine issues that have not been resolved from a prior month along with what activities are causing changes and exactly where the problems are.

“Acumen has found the cure to finding needles in stack of schedules,” said Gordon Aronson, Vision Consultants LLC. “Before now, finding problems and their root sources was a long, drawn-out manual search procedure to which every project controls professional did not look forward. Those days are officially history with the advent of Acumen Fuse.”

Acumen Fuse includes industry standard libraries of metrics as well as advanced Acumen libraries. The program offers native analytical support for the widely recognized DCMA 14 Point Schedule assessment (including secondary tripwires). Standard schedule checks can be run on all supported Fuse platforms to ensure pinpointed identification of scheduling issues and guidance as to how to fix them.

David Calvano, a former DCMA auditor, recently tried out Acumen Fuse. “The 14-point assessment and the metrics are exactly what DCMA is looking for,” said Calvano. “This tool will become the standard of DCMA standards.”

Advanced slice and dice analysis is achieved through an Acumen patent pending visualization approach called ribbons. Analysis through ribbons, phases, and intersections of both brings a three-dimensional perspective to project assessment that is not possible using traditional project management reporting techniques. No other project management software product offers this type of three-dimensional drill down. Acumen Fuse’s project ribbons simplify how work within a project is grouped together and displayed to the project team. Most projects contain some type of hierarchy and grouping (such as work breakdown structure or discipline). Project ribbons are a means of flattening such hierarchies to show a simplified continuous sequence of work through a project.

“It is a fact in the project management industry that true insight into large, complex projects is challenging at best and impossible at worst,” said Dan Patterson, CEO and president, Acumen. “I am very proud to offer a hands-on solution to in-depth project analysis through our project ribbons after struggling with this for over a decade. Acumen Fuse offers a paradigm shift in how project managers view a project and measure all the variables.”

About Acumen Fuse
A.    Acumen Fuse offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of platform support. Six different types of project management data can be seamlessly imported for immediate analysis.

  •     MS Project® 2003, 2007, 2010
  •     Oracle Primavera (V5,6,7)
  •     Oracle Primavera Risk Analysis/Pertmaster (V8.x)
  •     Deltek® Open Plan V3.x, Cobra, Risk+
  •     DCMA UN/CEFACT XML schedule data
  •     MS® Excel

B.    Acumen Fuse includes over 100 different metrics that can be applied to ribbons of project data as well as across ribbons in a timephased manner. Metric libraries include but are not limited to:

  •     DCMA 14-point schedule assessment
  •     Risk inputs and risk exposure
  •     Execution performance
  •     Schedule characteristics
  •     Earned value

Users can also create personalized and custom metrics to fit their needs!
C.    Acumen Fuse offers insight and visualization to common project management pitfalls such as:

  •     Critical path analysis
  •     Highlights problematic areas in your project schedule
  •     Resolution of poor scheduling
  •     Identification of schedule bottlenecks and hotspots
  •     Ensuring that risk inputs are realistic
  •     Determination of risk exposure and required contingency
  •     Early-warning indicators into project cost and schedule performance

About Acumen
Acumen specializes in project analytics that allow project managers to focus on risk, schedule acceleration, cost reduction & compliance. Acumen was born from a recognized need for improved project performance insight and vision, integrating both schedule and cost. Through the use of project analytical techniques and best practices, Acumen has developed a project management company that is second to none in providing an insight into not only project challenges but more importantly, through analytics, an effective means of solving them. Acumen is headquartered in Austin, TX. Please visit Acumen on the web at http://www.projectacumen.com .

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