|Groupmax Enterprise Version 5 will be on the market
(This is a transration of the Japanese press release.)
The first product to follow Workflow Management Coalition
standards enters market
The Information and Telecommunication Systems division of
Hitachi Ltd., (co-president and CEO Toshihiko Kodaka) has introduced the
Groupmax Enterprise Version 5 integrated groupware which enables you to
construct a very large-scale enterprise workflow system among companies.
It also provides solutions to constructing an enterprise workflow system
linked with platform systems, such as SFA (Sales Force Automation), ERP
(Enterprise Resource Planning) and SCM (Supply Chain Management) since
May 20th, 1999. This product has improved system reliability, it offers
new functions such as simpler customization, and furthermore, it conforms
to the standard WfMC Interoperability (Interface 4) regulated by WfMC (or
the Workflow Management Coalition).
Recently many companies have been trying to improve productivity,
efficiency in business management, and the practical use of information
resources by linkage applications, such as SFA, ERP and SCM, with existing
platform systems and communication sytems using groupware. In these
circumstances, linkage with multiple systems by applying workflow techniques
within companies and between companies has been attracting a great deal
of attention. Workflow solutions are growing in importance.
Groupmax was first shipped in 1993 as a tools for advancing
Japanese-style BPR (that is, Business Process Reengineering). Since then,
plenty of the functions for system construction, such as Workflow, have
been applied and evaluated in more than 1,800 companies who have introduced
Groupmax. Response has been highly favorable.
For expanding workflow systems, Groupmax Enterprise Version
5 adds the Groupmax Workflow connecting function so that multiple workflows
can actualize company-wide information linkage, linkage between related
companies, and between client companies over a network, adding to the existing
multi-server function. This function enables you to construct an SCM system,
which is essential in sharing information with other companies easily,
and it helps improve productivity, efficiency for business management,
and the practical use of information resources. Also, with the release
of the Groupmax Enterprise Version 5 product, substantial service contents,
such as consulting, outsourcing, and educating provide solutions to constructing
an enterprise workflow system.
The interface for connecting functions among workflows
satisfies the standard WfMC Interoperability (Interface 4) regulated by
WfMC (Workflow Management Coalition) to actualize linkage with workflow
system products. These standards will help promote connectivity with other
companies' workflows developed in the future. Also, because the new product
supports XML when workflows are linked, it makes it simpler to exchange
and to catalog the data input from electronic forms.
To further improve workflow system reliability, the "failover",
a function for switching to an alternate server system when the primary
server system failures, has been improved by supporting MC/Service Guard
for HP-UX in addition to Window NT clusters.
||HI-UX/WE2, HP-UX, Windows NT3.51 Server, and Windows
||Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT3.51, and Windows NT4.0
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