PMF utilizes standard tools, including tabs, trees,
views, and forms, to provide advanced capabilities in three core
provides you with multiple ways to summarize your metrics, communicate
performance trends, distribute information to constituents, show
important metrics, and track related projects and processes. You
can also easily set up, distribute, and centrally manage customizable
dashboards for each user.
includes many web 2.0 style collaboration capabilities that enable
users to mesh their work with that of colleagues to discover, analyze,
inform, document, and act.
utilizes powerful analytic tools that enable you to trend, track,
and discover the why behind the performance of your organization.
PMF delivers these communication, collaboration, and analysis
capabilities through the following functionalities:
Fully Comment Capable. Feedback
blogging enables you to instantly enter feedback comments about
measures and objectives to explain variances from targets. Each
instance of feedback is stored and tracked by the user, and provides valuable
data including Owner ID, the date and time the feedback was entered,
percent of target achieved, and indicator color at the time of input.
PMF also captures information on how metrics are calibrated, allowing
full compliance with audit standards.
Planning, Budgeting, and Forecasting. PMF
has the capability to plug in standard budgeting and forecasting
applications. These can be Information Builders produced (for example,
a budgeting workflow application implemented with the WebFOCUS Connector
for Excel®), or an external budgeting or forecasting system (for example,
Hyperion Planning, LongView Planner, or other system). An XML-based
API allows you to integrate any forecasting application with PMF,
to allow PMF data to be used in the forecasting tool, and to allow
output of completed forecasts into PMF to create targets.
aspect of PMF is developer customizable. The scorecards, windows,
forms, style sheets, and the underlying database are built with production
WebFOCUS components. You can use WebFOCUS capabilities to change, revise,
or extend any part of PMF.
User-friendly Scorecard Setup. All
work flow for adding, changing, and deleting scorecards and scorecard
data, and input of strategies, perspectives, objectives, measures,
and themes is done through user-friendly, web-based forms and wizards.
Powerful Analytics. PMF
has a full suite of views that allows analysis of your organization
metrics both with and without a strategic component. In PMF, there are
many ways you can slice and dice the multi-dimensional metrics.
Structured ad hoc tools provide full ad hoc capability so you can
design information presentations in millions of ways. PMF data is
easy to integrate with the financial, process, and operational data
for your enterprise.
Thin-client Strategy Map. Unlike
many other systems, PMF includes a built-in interactive Strategy
Map. Based on industry-standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG),
the Strategy Map has a live relationship to underlying scorecards
and data and allows you to save your changes to the underlying scorecard,
thus giving you an easy-to-use graphical method for updating the
strategic flow of your organization.
Multi-Dimensional Data. PMF
has a built-in, cross-platform OLAP database that can be installed
and used with any RDBMS. The database permits assigning measures
to relationships with standard dimension types (for example, Location,
Product, Customer, Time, Organization). In PMF, you can create up
to 16 user-defined dimensions.
Loading Data. PMF
built-in dimension and measure loaders allow you to design your
data loads and feeds for PMF using the flexible, powerful data extraction capabilities
built into WebFOCUS. Scheduling your loads and feeds is an automated process.
Scorecard Inheritance. PMF
lets you cascade your scorecards so that you can create a top-level
scorecard for high-level management, then let your scorecards for
other levels of the organization hierarchy inherit one or more aspects
of the management scorecard.
Standard Analysis Views. PMF
includes a pre-packaged set of financial, user, customer, location,
time, and trend views that allows you to be instantly productive with
the application as soon as it is deployed. You can also use the
powerful ad hoc reporting capability of WebFOCUS to create any other
views you need.
Note: You can access and use PMF from a standard web browser,
including Mozilla Firefox® Version 2 and higher for any Consumer
or Analyst role.