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CASE STUDY BALL AEROSPACE UTILIZES ECOSYS ™ FOR INTEGRATED PROGRAM MANAGEMENT COMPANY PROFILE • Founded in 1956, Ball Aerospace is a leading manufacturer of innovative aerospace solutions, serving the defense and intelligence, commercial, and space markets. • 2,800 Employees • Headquartered in Broomfield, CO CHALLENGES • Maintaining many internal Excel- based tools was difficult and time consuming • Data wasn't standardized at an enterprise level, making it difficult to analyze • Accuracy of information was difficult to validate • Not enough time was spent doing value-added analysis Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is a leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of innovative aerospace systems. Ball is recognized for excellence in project execution – helping its customers pioneer discoveries and perform beyond expectation with leading-edge solutions for a variety of industries. Ball is committed to operating with agility, transparency, and cost efficiency because those factors are critical to its success in current and emerging markets. In 2012, Ball furthered that commitment by selecting EcoSys as an enterprise software solution to manage program costs, budgeting, forecasting, and estimating across the entire company as well as to centralize rates and pricing. EcoSys replaced many internal systems to provide Ball with a single source of truth, allowing for consistency of information, faster and more efficient reporting, and a greater understanding of its business. Before EcoSys, Ball spent countless hours and effort managing many disconnected Excel and VBA-based tools that were developed in-house. To meet audit requirements, these tools were continuously updated manually to ensure that rate list information was correct. Project controls analysts worked in siloed, Excel-based solutions, managing each project differently. "We were continuously trying to introduce greater standardization into a process that made it difficult." – Mike Coan, Director of Project Controls, Ball Aerospace Project stakeholders found it difficult to analyze programs and evaluate profitability because data was disconnected and inconsistent. It was time consuming to look beyond top level information, which limited the amount of useful data and metrics that Ball could produce. "With EcoSys, we can look beyond the top-level elements of cost. Delving into the details helps us understand our business at a much greater level than we did before."

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