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Safran: Striking the Balance Between Powerful Analysis & Ease of Use

20th Mar 15

Posted by Dean Edmundson

Topics: Blog

In the early 2000's, schedule risk analysis became a mandate for organizations running complex schedules.  Project Managers had to demonstrate that they had considered risk and contingencies in the project planning process to ensure more predictable results. However, the existing tools were limited: either too complex that they required an expert to operate them, or too simple that customers weren't sure they could trust the results. And none of them were built for the enterprise.

On the complex side, Pertmaster was one of the first programs to bring quantitative schedule risk analysis to the mass market and still is used by many due to a lack of options. Though trailblazers in their industry, Pertmaster failed to consider usability. While loved by advanced risk analysis users, its complexity could be overwhelming for less sophisticated risk analysis users. Today, the there are several QSRA solutions in the market, but none of them are "just right”—offering the power of Pertmaster combined with ease of use.

With existing tools failing to satisfy customers’ needs, Safran saw demand for a tool that provided analysis at a detailed level but could be performed by project professionals. We asked ourselves: How do you strike the balance between power and simplicity, where other solutions have failed? To be effective would require robust analytical capacities. To be user-friendly would require an intuitive interface. Our answer: Safran Risk, where powerful analysis meets ease of use. 

Safran Risk is an intuitive, process-led user interface with a robust risk analysis component. While all the previous risk analysis approaches functioned as add-on tools, independent of the scheduling platform, Safran Risk lets you seamlessly blend in the risk analysis component with scheduling applications for timely risk scenario evaluations. Our program offers unparalleled insight by providing users with the chance to analyze different scenarios, quantify risks, and compare them. Our user interface not only reflects the work that people do, but it also guides them through their risk management process.

Safran Risk is built on a enterprise-grade scheduling engine on a shared database—this is unique. It streamlines the process for risk analysis and increases the confidence in the results as the analysis is run using the same engine used to schedule the project. Schedule risk analysis is now integrated into the core project management processes. We know that ease of use has a strong impact on how the product is integrated into the customer’s standard operating procedure. Complex tools create a barrier to adoption. If usability is low, schedule risk analysis is unlikely to become a cohesive part of your ongoing scheduling and management process. Because Safran Risk is intuitive, people easily understand it, like it, and want to use it. Not only that, but they believe the results. Decisions—good decisions—need quantitative data. When informed by reliable analytics, project managers are able to optimize their process. For the customer, this all adds up to financial benefits. In our experience, 70-90% of projects that execute robust quantitative risk analysis tend to achieve their cost and schedule goals. Safran’s powerful analysis and ease of use makes it the perfect solution: not too complex, not too simple—it’s just right.

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