Why SEER Estimation Software Tools
SEER provides estimation, planning and control vision for more successful projects:
Know In Advance and Make Informed Decisions: The SEER estimation engines replicate real-world outcomes by combining sophisticated modeling technology with a database of industry and user-defined metrics.
The SEER Suite provides reliable estimates right from the start and throughout the life of the system. SEER models enable project managers, cost analysts and engineers to make timely, accurate and insightful decisions to identify, evaluate and manage the complex array of cost, labor, schedule, reliability and risk issues associated with an organization’s entire portfolio of projects.
SEER Solutions Include Industry Knowledge: SEER applications come complete with knowledge bases that are maintained and enhanced by Galorath hand in hand with the user community.
Galorath is positioned to provide both out-of-the box and customized solutions to customer requirements, thanks to:
- The breadth of our product line
- The SEER open architecture
- Certifications/partnerships with industry-leading application providers
- Highly qualified and experienced Professional Services and Development personnel
The SEER models are easy to use by both technical and non-technical people and technical support is included with each product license.
SEER Solutions Provide Better Decisions and Plans For Successful Projects: They help you make better decisions with more confidence, understand risk, reduce failure and recognize opportunities to improve processes.
Here are some additional reasons as to why SEER should be the model of choice for your organization. Check back as the list is immense and the web site is being updated over several months:
Moving from a Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Estimate to a Detailed Project Plan
Project managers—whether they work for a software development company, a manufacturing company, or an engineering design firm—are faced with the common challenge of estimating project scope in terms of cost, effort, schedule, and risk. But before a project begins, your company must decide whether the project is even feasible based on your company’s budget. Or perhaps you want to gain some new business and you need to submit a proposal to develop some new widget.
SEER-H Electro-Optical Sensor Estimation
Electro-optical sensors (EOS) are used in a variety of commercial, industrial and military applications including targeting, imaging, surveillance and range finding. EO sensors provide the military and other users with enhanced and unique capabilities.
SEER for Manufacturing for Composites Estimation
Estimating the costs of parts and assemblies made from composite materials is challenging mainly because of the complex manufacturing processes that are involved.
SEER for IT Managed Services
The task of a managed service provider (MSP) is to quickly and efficiently deliver top-notch IT services to customers at the lowest possible prices, while still making a profit.
Price to Win with SEER
Price-To-Win includes determining the correct bid strategy based on various factors, including the type of contract; how much money the customer likely has for the job; and the actual cost to do the job.
Data Center Consolidation Strategies
Data center consolidation is a hot topic in today’s IT world. Considerations for saving power and money are key to the survival of any organization. Data center consolidation can aid an organization with corporate green initiatives, can be an opportunity to bring in new technology and, in the long run, and can save the organization money.
Controlling Software Projects in Process
Controlling the process means that the project manager or developer will need to make adjustments along the way to either control or correct the project activities. Doing so will bring the project back into focus and put it back on track to meet the goals.
Cost-Benefit Analysis for Software Development
Cost-benefit analysis is considered a critical component of the software development process . With an average failure rate of 20%, software projects are at a high risk for costing more money than they generate. Performing a thorough analysis of a project’s costs and expected benefits or outcomes is the only way to identify whether or not a given project will be profitable—and therefore viable—for your company.
The 10 Step Software Estimation Process For More Successful Projects
Many elements are involved in determining the structure of a project, including requirements, architecture, quality provisions, and staffing mix. Perhaps the most important element in the success or failure of a project are estimates of its scope, in terms of both the time and cost that will be required and the plans based on those estimates. The estimate drives every aspect of the project, constrains the actions that can be taken in the development or upgrade of a product, and limits available options. Although many people think they can estimate project scope based on their engineering or management experience, most off-the-cuff estimates are incorrect and are most often based on simple assumptions and over-optimism, or worse, are made to accord with what others want to hear. Needless to say, such estimates often lead to disaster.
Estimating Composites in SEER
Cost estimating of parts and assemblies made from composites is challenging due largely to the complexity of the manufacturing processes involved. Galorath Incorporated produces the SEER suite of parametric estimating solutions, providing cost estimation for a wide range of traditional manufacturing processes as well as composites fabrication. Specifically, SEER for Manufacturing (SEER-MFG) is a cost estimating and analysis application for engineers to derive an accurate “should-cost” estimate for a part or assembly. Comprehensive estimates and bids can be generated in hours instead of days or weeks.
Reduce Product Costs with SEER Tools
Large projects in the bidding and design phase pose significant challenges in terms of delivering affordability, forecasting risk, establishing delivery timescales and establishing total costs. These challenges are also opportunities, providing you can obtain accurate estimating data on a timely basis and assess project decisions and pathways within a holistic environment.
Estimating Total Cost of Ownership
Analyzing not just development costs but the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a critical component of ensuring value is obtained from any proposed IT project. This is largely due to difficulties in determining where costs will be incurred across software development, software maintenance, and IT infrastructure and support services.
Accurately Estimate Your Software Maintenance Costs
Imagine your business is implementing a software solution and is performing a cost/benefit and ROI analysis. How do you estimate the total costs of the solution which go far beyond the initial deployment? Specifically, how do you estimate the software maintenance cost? How will you be able to factor in software maturity into the overall decision? Without reliable software maintenance cost estimation, your business will be unable to accurately assess the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and how well can you rely on the projected ROI.
Parametric Cost Estimation
An estimate is the most knowledgeable statement one can make at a particular point in time. A complete estimate includes Effort/Cost, Schedule, Risk, and Reliability. A viable estimate should also be produced with consistent definitions and a repeatable estimating process, not just based on whims or guesses. For a brief discussion of how SEER satisfies these criteria, click on the following link.
Data Driven Estimating Part 1: How Data Feeds The Estimation Modeling Paradigm at Galorath / SEER
- Galorath constantly collects data from many sources, both public and private.
- Data must be processed to be useful, using methods that Galorath routinely and openly discusses.
- In addition to data, numerous other sources play an important role in maintaining the accuracy of SEER for Software estimates.
- As important as data is, innovation is equally so. The core SEER model has been improved and extended over time, and new features have been added, to make estimating ever easier, more applicable, and more accurate.
- "Data Driven Estimating Part 2: Data Driven Estimating Features in SEER for Software" is available upon request.
SEER Should Cost Models
SEER’s “should cost” models provide the credible and defendable estimates necessary to effectively negotiate and give the insight to compare outsourcing options with in-house capabilities. The SEER approach facilitates organizations to take full advantage of outsourcing cost reductions and profit increases made possible thru the use of parametric cost models.
Function Based Sizing
Sizing is an important and challenging component of software estimating. SEER for Software supports all functional sizing methods and includes its unique “Function Based Sizing” Function based sizing allows those not certified in function point counting to obtain viable estimates and allows other stakeholders to see the impacts of items such as adding one report in a clear fashion.