Supplier Management System (SMS) allows for a consistent, agency-wide performance rating system for suppliers used by NASA. This version (2.0) combines separate databases into one central database that allows for the sharing of supplier data. Information extracted from the NBS/Oracle database can be used to generate ratings. Also, supplier ratings can now be generated in the areas of cost, product quality, delivery, and audit data. Supplier data can be charted based on real-time user input. Based on these individual ratings, an overall rating can be generated.

Data that normally would be stored in multiple databases, each requiring its own log-in, is now readily available and easily accessible with only one log-in required. Additionally, the database can accommodate the storage and display of quality-related data that can be analyzed and used in the supplier procurement decision-making process. Moreover, the software allows for a Closed-Loop System (supplier feedback), as well as the capability to communicate with other federal agencies.

While Version 1.0 only had an Approved Supplier list, Version 2.0 includes the Approved Supplier List, Supplier Rating System, and the Supplier Outreach and Process Control Assurance System. The Supplier Rating System is a new database that was developed specifically for this software. The system allows for segregation of data to ensure sensitive data is protected.

This program was written by Eric Ramirez, Sandy Gutheinz, James Brison, Anita Ho, James Allen, Olga Ceritelli, Claudia Tobar, Thuykien Nguyen, and Harrel Crenshaw of Caltech and Roxann Santos of SkillStorm Inc. for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Karina Edmonds of the California Institute of Technology at (626) 395-2322. Refer to NPO-44084.

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