SMS Management System Justification for Airlines & AirportsSafety Managers are usually not business managers and usually come from pilots or mechanics. They understand aviation and, sometimes, risk management from the perspective of their operations.
Business managers often come from different fields and know very little about the inner workings of aviation. They understand the business case, i.e., what affects the bottom line.
In short, Safety Managers and Business Executives often speak different languages and coming to an agreement on the SMS management system requirements can be a challenging task.
SMS Pro's SMS management system has many tools to help Safety Managers manage risk and communicate this risk to management. In fact, SMS Pro is user friendly and management can easily see for themselves where the money is going. NorthWest Data Solutions, a Web design company in Anchorage, Alaska designed their SMS management system to be user friendly and valuable to the entire organization, not simply IT geeks and specialists.
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SMS Pro™ has many aviation specific tools to help safety managers communicate to executives to improve safety and reduce risk. In short, Safety Managers can use these tools to demonstrate return on investment and track performance of their projects.
How SMS Management Systems Help Airlines & Airport Safety ManagersThere are many projects your company could take on, so why should yours be funded? A good business case shows why your aviation safety related project makes solid financial sense to the organization. It supports planning and decision-making, such as what to buy, which vendor to choose, and when to implement.These decisions are based on maximizing the value created by the expended finite resources.
Maybe the most essential skill for safety managers to effect change is preparing the business case. It is with a business case that the various project ideas can be compared in an apples-to-apples fashion. SMS Pro offers safety managers a standard business case model using a Web based SMS management system that can be used to compare project/solution ideas before seeking upper management acceptance and budget approval.
Use Your SMS Management System to Create Business CasesWhile a business case provides financial justification, it must also evaluate the project idea on other perspectives important to your company. For instance, how does the requested project align with your corporate goals or how does the proposed project comply with your company’s defined technical architecture? Are regulatory compliance or environmental issues important to your corporate mission?
Ideally, business case development follows a spiral, incremental and iterative process. Significant costs accrue while increasing the quality and reducing the uncertainty (variance) of the benefit and cost metrics for each alternative scenario investigated. This business case development cost needs to be justified against the potential benefits of improving the decision making process.
SMS Pro tries to keep the process simple. We know when Safety Managers are unable to understand the process or the tools, they will not use it and lose out on opportunities to be more effective in their jobs. Without a doubt, effective Safety Managers need to be able to make the safety and business case to management to secure resources to improve safety, compliance and the bottom line. With SMS Pro's Cost-Benefit Analysis tool and built-in Business Case, managers can easily create (AND track) a business case to communicate to management their needs and progress using an intuitive Web based SMS management system.
About NWDS - founded in 2003 by six software engineers, NorthWest Data Solutions (NWDS) provides custom computer programming and systems design services. NWDS creates many types of software, including e-commerce, financial, defense, engineering, logistics, aviation and more. In 2007, NWDS developed SMS Pro™ a web based SMS application that supports an organization's overall SMS through safety reporting, safety documentation, safety risk management and safety assurance. SMS Pro™ is currently used by aviation organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East to help manage their SMS programs. NWDS continues to support SMS Pro™ and add new functionality. NWDS offers custom contract programming services in the U.S. and Canada and is managed by Chris Howell, one of the founders. Their headquarters is in Anchorage, Alaska. For information on NWDS visit their website at and www.asms-pro.com to learn more about SMS Pro™.