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By Dennis Callaghan  |  Posted 2003-05-02 Print this article Print

The HandySoft software is available now and can be installed in a matter of days, Walters said. Pricing is about $50,000 installed. For its part, Logical Apps next week will roll out an upgrade to its AppsRules BPM software and a new module, called AppsFlow, that together will be targeted for uses with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
AppsFlow provides a metadata layer on top of Oracle Corp.s namesake enterprise applications.
"It is easy to model a workflow with drag and drop tools, but that process doesnt do anything without someone hardwiring the workflow into the [application] processes," said Logical Apps CEO Chris Capdevila, in Irvine, Calif. "Our process rule layer…generates the code [connecting the workflow design to the application processes] on the fly at runtime—some engines generate code one time fashion." AppsFlow will provide a library of pre-configured workflows for four common business processes – item configuration, customer configuration, financial close and change order processing. AppsRules provides a GUI for defining metadata rules in plain English. Later this quarter, Logical Apps will introduce a BPM tool, called AppsCreate, that stretches beyond Oracle apps to provide workflow and metadata definition to Web-based applications, Capdevila said. On the document management side, Documentum, of Pleasanton, Calif., next week will announce a packaged offering, called the Corporate Governance and Compliance Solution. This software combines the companys existing technologies for content and document management, records management and collaboration, and adds six new templates that Documentum developed in combination with professional services firm BearingPoint Inc. The templates add special "Compliance Workplaces" to Documentums eRoom team collaboration software, specifically for Board of Directors, Compliance Program and Controls Design. There are also templates for specific workflows and document lifecycles, including Internal Controls/Procedures, Closing Process and SEC Filing Process. The package also includes Enterprise Controls and Records Repository, using Documentums core document management and Records Manager products and Whistleblower Support, using Documentum Record Services for E-mail, which gives employees the ability to report conduct that would violate securities laws or defraud shareholders. BearingPoint will provide additional consulting and implementation services. Separately. IBM officials, in Armonk, N.Y., said they too are planning new packages of similar technology and consulting services to meet not only Sarbanes-Oxley but other regulatory requirements. However, company officials said no bundles have yet to be finalized and customer requirements are still being assessed. This story was altered after its original posting to clarrify the maker of the AppsRules and AppsFlow software.


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