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Vision Software Brings a Solid Business Process Management Solution to the Table


The business process management market is shifting, and more players are entering the market. Several smaller organizations, such as Vision Software, are bringing a fresh look and a good product to the market, and should certainly be considered.

visio corp.  The integration with Microsoft Visio was important, as Vision Software created its own shapes for workflow design, and embedded this functionality in Microsoft Visio . This was critical to becoming a full BPM solution because missing modeling shapes was like missing letters on a keyboard, according to Gustavo Gomez, managing director at Vision Software. Vision initially focused on the governmental, financial, and utilities markets, but changed the focus shortly afterwards to just financials. The Read More

How to Avoid Becoming Another CMMS Implementation Failure Statistic


Anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of CMMS implementations fail to meet expectations. However, by evaluating the company's business process flow, having proper organizational structure and buy-in, you can realize the true benefits of CMMS and avoid becoming another failure statistic.

visio corp.  the BPFs. Once the Visio form has been distributed to all of the relevant individuals, these individuals can then take these flows to their respective job locations and compare to see if what they mapped is what actually transpires in their work place. Then any changes to the Visio drawings should be made and redistributed for final approval by the team members. Once this has been completed, the flows should be documented and sent to management for review and sign off. Once management has signed off, the Read More

Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Epicor and SYSPRO, the two renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP) mid-market incumbents that heavily harness Microsoft’s platform tools. To that end, the business productivity tools that were illustrated in my recent blog post on what 2010 might have meant to Microsoft’s business solutions (which reflected on the highly publicized mid

visio corp.  Server 2010 , and Visio 2010 ) were illustrated in context of Epicor and SYSPRO’s technology environments. Part 2 will analyze how Epicor and SYSPRO are addressing other enterprise applications capabilities and market trends. What role might Microsoft’s tools play (or not play) in these regards?  Ignore Mobility at Your Peril I concur with Epicor’s VP of product marketing,  Jim Norwood, and his assertion in a recent blog post that mobility will be a huge trend and requirement in 2011 (and later), Read More

The Blessing & Curse of SharePoint's "Grandma's Attic" - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog series analyzed the runaway success and genesis of Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). The article outlined the main reasons for the collaborative product’s widespread use and then analyzed its evolution. Part 2 talked about SharePoint’s typical proven use case scenarios as well as about the product’s shortcomings and points

visio corp.  if bolstered by Microsft Visio ’s diagramming visualization features), such as routine and goal-oriented processes, processes reliant on concrete and unchanging rules, and processes that are not dependent on run-time human judgments. Many informal processes are still done via emails, which, as said in Part 2, is a cumbersome and ineffective content management system . One should thus at least initially consider SharePoint as a replacement for email-based processes that are ubiquitous, intra-enterprise Read More

Software for Real People Part Two: Competition and User Recommendations


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visio corp.  visualization , is Microsoft''s Visio . This widely used, almost ubiquitous application is extremely powerful and virtually indispensable in large project management. Unfortunately, the key to the power of visual programs like Visio is a result of the boundary definitions of the abstraction. These boundaries were necessary for the application programmers to develop Visio''s rich feature set. These same boundaries or constraints, however, make the application unwieldy and tedious to use for brainstorming Read More

What 2010 Meant For Microsoft Business Solutions


In 2008, I wrote a four-part series that explained in great detail Microsoft’s platform technology pieces, commonly used in Microsoft Dynamics and many other enterprise applications. Primarily, these "plumbing" tools were Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint, and Office within enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications, while

visio corp.  management (CRM)  applications, while Visio and SharePoint have also been embedded in a plethora of  business process management (BPM)  solutions. Mid-2010 marked the  business launch of Microsoft Office 2010 , SharePoint Server 2010 , and Visio 2010 . For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who use some combination of Microsoft Dynamics ERP , Microsoft Dynamics CRM , Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint Server to run their businesses, that announcement signaled new Read More

Mid-market ERP Vendors Leveraging (and Occasionally Outdoing) Microsoft’s “Plumbing” - Part 1


My recent blog post on what 2010 might have meant to Microsoft’s business solutions reflected on the highly publicized mid-2010 launch of Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and Visio 2010. For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who use some combination of one or more of Microsoft Dynamics ERP products, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint

visio corp.  Server 2010 , and Visio 2010 . For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who use some combination of one or more of Microsoft Dynamics ERP products, Microsoft Dynamics CRM , Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint Server to run their businesses, that announcement has provided opportunities for increased business productivity. The article then analyzed the current state of affairs at Microsoft Dynamics, which also included some recent wins over mature SAP , Oracle , and Sage product Read More

CRM and BPM: “We Goes Together Like Peas and Carrots”


In 2009, I attended two Gartner Summit events: the Gartner Business Process Management (BPM) Summit in March in San Diego; and Gartner Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Summit in September in Scottsdale. I not only saw a number of same vendors at both events, but both events also had many similar themes, such as customer service, workflow automation, business processes

visio corp.  productivity (i.e., SharePoint, Office, Visio , etc.) and maximizing IT assets using BPM. CRM + BPM, Obviously Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides a native Outlook client with a wealth of other time-saving features which helps to reduce the time spent on administrative tasks and improves productivity. Moreover, streamlined connectivity with  Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS)  allows CRM users to get the benefits of collaboration, document management, and search capabilities through Microsoft Read More

PegaWorld 2011 Revisited


How did Pegasystems avert disaster and become one of the fastest growing technology companies? The business process management (BPM) vendor started delivering software that users could change relatively easily. TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic takes a close look at Pega BPM and how this customer-centric software with its unique approach to process execution and modeling has contributed to Pegasystems’ success.

visio corp.  sacrificing management control. Microsoft Visio is no longer necessarily required for modeling, given that Pega has delivered its own browser-based modeling tool, which will also work for the Pega Cloud offering. A new browser-based client supports a “ business process automation (BPA) for the masses” style of process knowledge capture. Possible solutions can be modeled and immediately executed as prototypes, with auto-generation of Java and hypertext markup language (HTML) scripts, as needed, as Read More

IT Project Management Tools: MS Project and Its Alternatives (Part 1)


In a previous blog post, I wrote about the Project Manager’s role and some of the constraints that affect the daily life of a PM, namely: scope, time, and cost. This post will focus on some of the tools a PM uses on a day-to-day basis (and why), and some of the limiting factors that these tools present. In order to understand the use of PM tools it is essential to have an understanding of the PM’s

visio corp.  and manage resources. MS Visio was used to document and flowchart process models. MS PowerPoint was used for end-user training, as a tool to make presentations to obtain project funding, and (once the project was under way) to communicate progress and highlight constraints with senior management. In addition, MS Word was used to write user training guides and document project changes and methodologies. Furthermore MS Excel was used in a variety of tasks planning, reporting and importing information to Read More

The Wizardry of Business Process Management - Part 4


Part 1 of this blog series started a lengthy discussion about the value proposition and parts-and-parcels of business process management (BPM), with an ensuing focus on Pegasystems (also known as Pega) as one of the leading BPM suite providers. Part 2 then analyzed in depth the vendor’s ability to help business users capture (and then realize) business objectives and intent, while Part 3 focused

visio corp.  are captured in Microsoft Visio  and are immediately executable. The User Interface (UI ) is modeled in WYSIWYG Web-based forms and is immediately executable. Integrations are defined in appropriate forms and are immediately executable, since there is a unified object and data model within a thin-client  Integrated Development Environment (IDE ). This method is in sharp contrast to the still-prevailing approach of deploying a patchwork of BPM modules in a non-declarative modeling manner. In this Read More

5 Key Points for Continuous Improvement in the Life Cycles of Processes


In today’s changing, competitive world, companies must adopt a continuous improvement methodology to support sustainable and profitable business models. Processes must be seen as a lever for analyzing and optimizing the way firms works. Before you initiate any project involving process automation and management, discover five key points that can help you make continuous improvements in the life cycles of your processes.

visio corp.  specialized software such as Visio, or tools like Aris and Adonis that are designed specifically for use at this stage. Using a notation like BPMN can make it easier to establish a shared language for all participants. Coordinating different working groups is an effective way to obtain and organize the necessary information. This step provides access to the flow that represents the process and to all of the information needed to correctly analyze it. If information about times and costs is also available Read More

The Blessing and Curse of SharePoint's "Grandma's Attic" - Part 1


Notwithstanding Microsoft's recent purchase of Skype, some pundits have started to question its relevance in the long term (in view of the ongoing consumer mobile devices and/or social media success of Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle, salesforce.com, etc.). However, there are still many Microsoft products that are quite relevant. One of them is undoubtedly Microsoft

visio corp.  tighter integration with Microsoft Visio (for improved workflow design experience, which is critical in BPM applications) and improved  social computing  and BI capabilities. In addition, the product has added expert search capabilities ( from the former Fast Search & Transfer [FAST ] acquisition ) as well as foldering (document sets), data integration, case analytics, and audit trails and transparency features. The latest version of SharePoint Foundation 2010 is planned to replace WSS 3.0. The next Read More

Ambitious Plans and Promises: An Enterprise Software Vendor’s Open Course of Action


Infor has met several of its objectives with Infor Open SOA. The vendor has managed to resolve inherited customer retention issues, move forward with “green” and corporate social responsibility initiatives, and even has a viable new product version to offer Baan users.

visio corp.  graphically model (using Microsoft Visio -like flowcharts) and navigate enterprise business processes, organizations, and events, and then automatically configure the product. IBM Global Services Joins the Fray Given the above developments, it is not too surprising that a worldwide reseller agreement between Infor and IBM has been made, in which the companies will deliver complete business solutions that address the needs of discrete manufacturers worldwide. As explained in a September 2007 press release Read More