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Semantic technology to a Project Manager: Quick working processes modification

I have already written about Comindware and semantic technology-based solution for business process automation in this post a month ago. As I got many questions upon what exactly the semantic technology means and what benefits it gives to a project manager, I decided to write another article on the subject, while we are all waiting for the upcoming release of Comindware Tracker.

There is a number of ways a Project Manager can choose to build his strategy. Nevertheless it doesn’t matter what way you choose, it’s delivering the final result on time that matters. For this, you definitely need to plan and then control what’s going on.
The traditional PM methods suppose that you carefully plan everything in advance: calculate, give out roles, start the process and then thoroughly stick to your plan. In the reality elements of your perfect scheme may fail and it cannot be planned: suppliers may fail, deliveries may not meet deadlines, people may fall ill. And when it happens, the carefully calculated scheme is ruined and the PM spends more time to explaining the delays instead of going ahead.

As the traditional methods had substantial vulnerability, new PM generation started to search for new ways to avoid risks. One of possible solutions was suggested by agile adepts. Agile PM divides the project time into parts and each part becomes a small project itself, a cycle: when the cycle is done, corrections may be brought to the project and to the way it is being done, taking to consideration new circumstances. Thus, a more flexible method helps to reduce risks and bring necessary corrections into the project when it’s already started.

Everything is perfectly well from the point of view of theory. It would be perfectly logical if business software gave the necessary flexibility to a PM in optimizing the processes while it’s being executed. It sounds simple and the idea of it comes natural. But, unfortunately, it hasn’t previously been possible. The existing software gives indeed powerful tools to automate the process, to control its performance and provides the manager with well-done analytical tools. Yet whenever you need to bring any changes into your process, you get stuck. This takes long time and this is far too complicated. You make a clone of the existing process (to be more exact, not even you, but special professionals invited on this occasion), bring modifications into it, then turn off the running process and turn on the new scheme.And this is the easiest way provided by few solutions available on market. More commonly, to bring changes you need either to switch off the running process for the time necessary to modify it, or you need to build an absolutely new process to replace the existing one. All this is painful, you cannot do it yourself, and, what is worse, you have to face limitations: not any changes can be made.

New generation of business software uses semantic technology that totally eliminates this inconvenience. New core logic of this technology makes it possible to bring changes on the fly, with almost no restrictions. Once you notice the process may run in a more efficient way if you change something, you open the visual workflow builder and drag and drop a new element to the scheme. That is all. No time thinking what button to press or trying to understand the software logic, no time spent waiting for the professionals to bring your design to life, no time spent in restarting the process after rebuilding it. Once you have added a new element to the scheme, the process adapts the new flow in no time.

You will be able to test the semantic technology soon, for this I have already subscribed to get Comindware Tracker 1st edition right after it appears.

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