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Case Summary

Ariba Implementation at MED-X: Managing Earned Value

Case Number: 5-404-763, Year Published: 2006

HBS Number: KEL224

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Authors: Derek Yung; Joseph Norton; Alex Gershbeyn

Key Concepts

Project Management, Earned Value, Risk Management, e-Procurement, Ariba, Software, Hardware


The Ariba Implementation at MED-X case is designed to teach students how to analyze a program that is experiences problems and recommend solutions. Specifically, the case introduces students to Earned Value Analysis and program oversight for an e-procurement technology program. The case centers on MED-X’s need to quickly discover why the company’s e-procurement implementation project was not going according to plan. Once a cause has been discovered students will need to make a recommendation to fix the problem. Data for the simplified program, consisting of two concurrent projects, is given to students in the case, who should in turn analyze the project using Earned Value Analysis. The case is an easy introduction to program management and oversight for executives and MBA students, and teaches the essentials of earned value project management. This case and the associated teaching note are used as an introduction to project management in the Kellogg MBA course entitled Managing Technology Portfolios and Projects and in multiple Kellogg executive programs including Driving Strategic Results through IT Portfolio Management.

Number of Pages: 15

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Management, Operations, Technology

Teaching Note Available: Yes

Geographic: Midwest

Industry: IT

Organization Name: Implementation Technologies (disguised)

Organization Department: IT

Organization Size: Large

Decision Maker Gender: Female

Year of Case: 2000