Thursday, December 10, 2009

General Dynamics and nFocus Software Extend Mentoring Agreement to Broaden Training Management Product Line

General Dynamics and nFocus Software Extend Mentoring Agreement to Broaden Training Management Product Line
December 10, 2009 10:05:03 AM

Woman-owned, Phoenix small business to learn project management techniques
to meet user needs within U.S. Department of Defense.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., -- General Dynamics C4 Systems has successfully extended its U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) mentor-protege contract with nFocus Software(TM), a woman-owned small business specializing in outcome tracking and training management software. The contract extension, approved by the DOD Office of Small Business Programs, enables nFocus to continue as a General Dynamics protege to gain further development assistance in broadening its software and services to better serve the U.S. military.

Under the mentoring program, large companies mentor small-business proteges in completing and executing contracts with the government. The companies first signed their mentor-protege agreement in 2006. The new contract extends through 2012.

The contract will focus on product development and project management training for nFocus staff as well as business and revenue growth strategies. The company will participate in Human Centered Design training to ensure future iterations of the nFocus training management software have relevant, user-friendly features and capabilities. The contract also calls for General Dynamics to assist nFocus Software in implementing Earned Value Management (EVM) and other project and program management processes. EVM is a business process that keeps projects on track by evaluating budget and time spent against the plan, actual work and work-completed. Project and program management processes are essential training for nFocus personnel eventually to manage DOD programs as a prime contractor.

nFocus Software's web-based training system has become the leading outcome- tracking and training- management software for the public sector. With 3,500 installed locations with non-profit, community-based and military clients around the world, the company's TraxSolutions(TM) Student Management System provides the base functionality for the U.S. Army's Digital Training Management System. The system tracks the training of every soldier and unit in the Army.

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