Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Interactive Aviation SMS Dashboard Reports

Immediate Value From Interactive Aviation SMS Software Dashboard Reports

SMS Pro has added a new dashboard report in February 2015. This report is depicted below in center of the first row. Only managers can see this report.

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Aviation SMS Software with Interactive Dashboard

What is This Interactive Dashboard Report?

The center report in the upper row is one of 18 available Executive Dashboard Reports. This particular report illustrates the number of events or issues that have been risk assessed in a particular manner, using SMS Pro's configurable risk matrix. This risk matrix is available in the Issue Manager and Proactive Hazard Analysis Tool.

As you can see from the upper part of this dashboard report, risk assessments can be performed when:

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  1. the issue is first entered into the system (initial),
  2. upon closing the issue, and
  3. when reviewing the issue after the issue had been closed.

How to Use Interactive Dashboard Report?

Looking at the center report, you will see a "Division" drop down. Your default division appears, and if you possess the permissions to view other divisions, you will be able to change the result set based on selected division.

If you are not familiar with SMS Pro divisions, these elements can be either functional (engineering, flight ops, ground handling, maintenance, etc.) or geographical (North America, South America, Europe, etc). Users belong to only one division and SMS Pro uses these divisions to segregate organizational users and safety related data.

Filtering by Risk Assessment Stage

By default, the report is loaded using your division's data. The risk matrix shows you how many times each particular cell has been used. By selecting a different Risk Assessment Stage (Initial, Closing, Review), the interactive grid refreshes with data from the select risk assessment stage.

Possible "sexy" enhancements to this report would be:
By hovering over a number, a popup appears showing hyperlinks with the issue number and title of the issues that were used in the data set. By selecting a hyperlink, one is taken to see the issue details.

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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 to learn more about SMS Pro™.