ABC Technologies, SAS Institute and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) intend to research and propose an extensible markup language (XML) standard for seamless integration between scorecarding applications.
“We want to remove the barriers to deploying performance management information across the enterprise,” said Will McKinney, chief technology officer at ABC. “We hope others will join us in this endeavour.
“For instance, performance management related information would be easily exchanged between a corporate balanced scorecard and other XML-compatible software applications, along with personal scorecards in remote offices or portable devices.
“It is important to share information easily from all areas of the organisation,” said John Wilkes, programme manager for enterprise performance management at SAS UK. “Our balanced scorecard and data warehouse offerings already support the sharing of various kinds of metadata, so this standard is a logical extension for us.”
“In CSC’s annual survey of CFOs with the Financial Executive’s Institute, the need for enhanced analytical information has been the primary theme,” said Al Rossman, principal with CSC’s consulting group. “Today’s complex business models and heterogeneous systems environments cry out for an open, independent information backbone to support the sharing of measurement information.”
The three organisations will collaborate on-line to develop this proposal. The effort will be available for review next year through multiple website links from the ABC Technologies, SAS and CSC corporate sites.
ABC Technologies has over 4,300 installations in 70 countries, and more than 32,000 clients trained. The company offers training and technical services to enable pilot installations and implementation of integrated, enterprise-wide information systems.
With more than 60,000 employees in worldwide, CSC had revenues of $9.6 billion for the 12 months ended 30 June. It is headquartered in El Segundo, California.
SAS is a leader in e-intelligence software and services, enabling its customers to turn raw data into usable knowledge. Software from SAS, the world’s largest privately held software company, is used at more than 33,000 business, government and university sites in 110 countries. SAS’ 1999 revenues totalled $1.02 billion.