First look at the Global 360 process simulation solution, analystView

On Monday Global 360 announced analystView at the Gartner BPM Summit in Las Vegas (or as most refer to it these days, Lost Wages) which is their latest addition to their suite of existing products, Case360 and Process360. I was lucky to have a briefing with them last week on analystView so time to take a look at what it can offer.

analystView targets the Business Analyst community who are embroiled in process discovery activities and helps them define the current state process, build a case for improvement recommendations through modelling and simulation of the to-be process and takes steps to improve the collaboration in the overall activity itself.

Global 360 say it’s a completely restructured product and by partnering with Microsoft and creating an integrated solution with Visio 2010 (Premium Edition) they offer simulation and automation of business processes. Together with Sharepoint 2010 Global 360 now have a platform for offering simulation and collaboration using Microsoft technologies.

As previously stated in a blog entry about the new Visio/ Sharepoint integration, Global 360 have their sights fixed on a largely untapped market of 4m users of Visio who are focused on the process and business analysis side.

Simulation ReportingSimulation is driven by the included BPMN 1.2 template (so far this is the best option as it’s a structured method but Global 360 have hinted they could look at creating simulations from other templates in the future). It’s a javascript engine at the back of it which will allow IT to create far more powerful and bespoke application of the simulator if they want to. The usual array of features exist in terms of analysis of process tasks and activities; cost, time, effort. What’s interesting is that analystView will not only compare multiple scenarios in the simulator but also compare the process using production data too. There’s an Optimize feature which identifies areas where the process needs improvement such as resource constraints, time, throughput etc. This is especially useful in allowing the solution to target areas for a user to home in on speeding up the analysis effort itself.

Integration with Sharepoint 2010 allows repository-like features without the complexity of some BPM tools on the market, giving users a view of the models in a web based format.

By tying with Visio 2010 analystView takes advantage of it’s new features like self healing connectors, auto alignment of shapes and automatic BPMN validation. You can now switch between horizontal and vertical process views and even the pages are self healing (ie, before you were restricted by drawing canvas size, now it automatically adjusts as you increase the size of your process model). Via a plugin Global 360 allow export and import of XPDL format models into analystView also.

There is a lot more to analystView than I can cover here from a briefing and Sandy Kemsley has also an analyst review on Column2 which you may want to reference also.

From initial view however I think Global 360 have moved into a critical space in tapping into a large user base using Visio who want more advanced features but aren’t ready or mature enough for a full blown BPM implementation. This could be a sweet spot for a lot of people, and there’s potentially 4m of them out there….

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