Computer-aided proposal preparation
an example of systems integration
The proposal process is traditionally expensive, slow, and inflexible. This article presents an overview of the Proposal Center Information Management System (PCIMS) developed at Grumman Data Systems (GDS) to simplify and streamline the preparation of proposals. PCIMS tracks the entire process of proposal development, supports input and editing of text and graphics, and utilizes electronic publishing to produce high-quality documents. The five hardware/software subsystems involved in PCIMS are entry, document management, publishing, communications, and administration. Use of the PCIMS has proven its worth in saved travel time and related expenses, tripled proposal capacity, and a 200% reduction in time and labor.