Percussion’s PowerFlow 5.0 is software designed to allow users to visually model and define any process that will be put into a Lotus Domino-based application. This includes such operations as workflow, database actions, any security that a company wants to automate, or decisions about who gets to do what to which document at what time. The product is essentially a two-piece system. The developer’s kit is used for creating automated applications while the server piece is designed to deploy those applications. There is also the ability to create more immediate analysis of the different elements of the process. The system could be set up to show everywhere a CEO or senior vice-president is needed for an approval. Changes to the process can be made using the GUI without having to rewrite the application. The drag and drop interface allows the designer to add features such as Java agent triggering, parallel routing and customizable notification. Version 5.0’s interface also includes a browser where workflow elements are visually displayed Another key change with 5.0 is the analysis portion of the product. In earlier versions it was available only to designers. Now a user can launch directly from the application – if given the right – to find elements like cycle time charts and audit trail history. PowerFlow 5.0 will be available in May 2000 and costs US$3,995 for the developer’s kit and US$6,500 for the deployment engine.
Prices listed are in US currency.