Posted on Feb 25, 2015
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I feel that SMS has the potential to replace Powerpoint as the preferred briefing tool. For those organizations that are using SMS, is it being used to supplement or replace Powerpoint?

For those not familiar with this Army System, I am including a few informational links:

http://www.army.mil/standto/archive_2015-01-29/

http://www.army.mil/article/117178/Integration_of_GFEBS_Data_into_the_Strategic_Management_System/

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments.
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MAJ Brigade Communications Officer (S6)
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Edited 7 y ago
SMS is used by the Combined Arms Center (CAC) to display performance management metrics. Currently it is supplementing powerpoint, but is moving towards the desired end state of replacing powerpoint. This is due to the fact that this is a tremendous culture change and CAC has been conducting training sessions to help everyone adapt to the new tool. A new deadline was just issued to have all metrics relating to certain projects and programs within CAC to be inputted into SMS. There are still some more growing pains, but they will eventually be worked out with continuous use.

SMS can replace powerpoint in terms of things that are quantifiable. For graphic heavy briefings (maps, etc), there are other solutions out there.

Here's the implementation site: https://combinedarmscenter.army.mil/cachq/G3/smsimp/SitePages/Home.aspx
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I just fail to see why we would make a new tool for briefing when we can use a COTS item that meets the need 100% and is supported by a company on their own dime. The cost for microsoft office is minuscule compared to what we would pay to develop and maintain an email program, word document program, briefing program, spreadsheet application, etc.

On top of that we lose interoperability with other services, other government agencies, etc.
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SMS is an Army program of record that has been around at least since 2007; it's new in the sense that it is being "discovered" by more people as an additional resource out there (especially in fiscally constrained times). SMS is a business intelligence system that just happens to have a display feature that can mimic some features of powerpoint. It is designed to support Army Campaign planning and features nodes that store information about lines of effort, initiatives, tasks, etc. It can be used as a briefing tool, but has robust capabilities including the ability to analyze, store, and gather data for decisionmaking.

Good point on the interoperability - as a program of record on the Army side, it is a bit exclusive. Maybe SMS or another business intelligence system will someday "rule them all" in DoD.
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MAJ (Join to see) thank you! I actually tried to look into it but didn't find a whole lot so I assumed it was just a PowerPoint duplicate. Definitely appreciate the information.
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