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SAS to highlight EPM role in Mideast

Abu Dhabi, September 22, 2011

SAS Middle East, a leading provider of business software and services, will highlight the role of Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions in the region’s public sector at an upcoming event in Abu Dhabi.

SAS will participate in Measuring & Managing Performance, sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), to be held on September 26 at the DMA premises.

Leading business analytics guru and SAS principal consultant for Global Business Advisory Services Gary Cokins will give a presentation entitled ‘Performance Management in Government,’ which is an in-depth analysis on the benefits and lessons learned in implementing EPM solutions across various government offices and departments.

According to SAS, the increased demand for EPM solutions in Middle East governments demonstrate the public sector’s concentration on the accountability of outputs and end results over demands for higher input like government calls for more funding and new employees.

The advantages and benefits gained from using strategic and effective EPM solutions can be realized in six key areas, which includes strategy and policy execution through better alignment and accountability of managers and employees;  performance monitoring;  planning and budgeting;  risk management;  citizen feedback; and  gaining insights and making better informed decisions.

“The public sector in the Middle East region has already started to adopt EPM as a key tool to help drive productivity and efficiency,” said Cokins.

“These government offices have started to create a stronger focus on the outputs and outcomes via the implementation of EPM methodologies and solutions.”

“To help drive in better results, the public sector should now look at how they can improve performance using the EPM suite of methods, integrate the relevant data gathered and to expand the use of analytics like segmentation and correlation analysis,” he added.

“Based on my observations on the different countries I have recently visited, both the private and the public sector are using the same EPM methodologies and solutions such as activity-cased costing to calculate output costs and scorecards and dashboards to monitor performance and align behaviour with accountability.”

“The commercial and government sectors move to adopt EPM demonstrates the need to use resources in a responsible way to achieve policies that meet the need of their clients and citizens. However, government offices need to get more yield from their resources, ultimately following a ‘doing more with less’ concept,” concluded Cokins. – TradeArabia News Service




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