FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EXPERT CHOICE UNVEILS LATEST ENTERPRISE
PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS SOLUTIONS
EC11 and EC Decision Portal
Provide Enhanced Usability and Flexibility for Enterprise Portfolio
Analysis and Alignment
ARLINGTON, Va., July 12, 2004… Expert
Choice®, a leading provider of enterprise portfolio analysis
solutions, today announced the debut of EC11—the latest version of
the company’s flagship enterprise portfolio analysis software—and EC
Decision Portal (ECDP), an optional hosted solution enabling
anywhere/anytime prioritization via the Web.
Based on the Analytic Hierarchy
Process (AHP)—a mathematical model that is considered one of the
most accurate and successful decision-making methodologies—EC11
enables companies and government organizations to define, prioritize
and align project portfolios with overall strategic objectives for
improved business performance. The software guides decision makers
through a process comprised of defining objectives; using pairwise
comparison to identify priorities for the objectives; evaluating
projects and performing “what-if” testing on them; using the add-on
EC Resource Aligner™ product to determine the optimal blend of
projects, given costs, risks and dependencies; and evaluating the
ongoing performance of projects.
EC11 contains several new features
and enhancements designed to improve usability and flexibility:
• Data Interchange—Mapping, Importing
and Exporting: Integration with external Microsoft Access or SQL
Server databases provides streamlined connectivity, data capture and
reporting, and reduced data entry time and errors.
• Multiple Models: The ability to
open multiple models simultaneously and easily drag/drop data from
one model to another facilitates the model creation process and
enables users to run side-by-side scenarios for expedited analysis
and decision making.
• Support for Microsoft SQL Models:
Converting or creating SQL models and linking to SQL corporate
databases provides enhanced integration, faster model calculations,
bigger models, and better search and retrieval methods.
• User-Friendly Interface: EC11’s new
GUI is intuitive and enables users to view information documents
when making judgments from the data grid.
• Enhanced Reporting: New
functionality for external editing, creating linkages with corporate
data, viewing data, and eliminating inconsistencies provides greater
flexibility and better overall results.
• EC Update: The software’s new
online updating capability ensures easy customer access to the
latest software releases.
EC11 operates on Windows 98 SE, 2000,
NT4 and XP.
To enable anywhere/anytime
prioritization via the Web, Expert Choice has released a new product
option called EC Decision Portal. This add-on enables users to
provide input and view the synthesized individual and group results
from wherever they are located and whenever they are available, thus
saving them the time and expense of traveling to the meeting site.
The EC hosted solution is easy-to-use, fast and secure, and merely
requires that users have a PC with Internet connection and browser.
Organizations that purchase or upgrade to EC11 automatically will
receive two complimentary hosted decisions using EC Decision Portal.
“The new data mapping capability in
Version 11 will be a tremendous time saver for us,” said John
Sammarco, director of portfolio management at America Online, Inc.
“By providing the capability to import and export data between
Expert Choice and our other project-based information systems, we
will be able to streamline the flow of information throughout the
lifecycle of a project—from idea, to concept, to project, to
completion,” he added.
“The combination of EC11’s unique
scoring process for accurate project prioritization and its ability
to help management select an optimal mix of projects is what makes
it such a powerful tool for portfolio analysis and alignment,” said
Rich Dougherty, chief executive officer of Expert Choice. “Now, with
the introduction of EC Decision Portal and EC11’s new data
interchange capabilities, we’re making it even easier and more
convenient for users to quickly assess organizational investments
and begin realizing ROI,” he added.
Expert Choice has more than 20 years
of success in high-level, complex decision making—including IT
portfolio analysis, strategic planning, vendor selection, HR
management and risk assessment—for the federal government and
Fortune 1000 companies.
About Expert Choice Headquartered in
Arlington, Va., Expert Choice, Inc. is a leading provider of
enterprise portfolio analysis solutions. Founded in 1983, the
company helps business and government organizations around the world
with their portfolio analysis, project prioritization and resource
allocation challenges. Today, more than 15,000 individuals in 60
countries, including 25 percent of the Fortune 500 and half of U.S.
federal government agencies, rely on Expert Choice to help them
achieve improved business performance and greater ROI. For more
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