IDS Scheer Announces New Version of ARIS Platform

Provider hopes Web-enabled platform to set new standards for business process management

Provider hopes Web-enabled platform to set new standards for business process management

Berwyn, PA — September 19, 2005 — IDS Scheer, a provider of business process services and tools, today unveiled upgrades to its ARIS Platform. The release, version 7, features a newly redesigned graphical user interface (GUI), provides support for the business process lifecycle, and also more tightly integrates with SAP NetWeaver for extending the ARIS process reference models to SAP supported functionality.

IDS Scheer said the new platform is focused on the areas of usability, Web-enabled modeling and Web publishing. It includes such products as ARIS Business Architect and ARIS Business Designer; ARIS Business Publisher; ARIS Enterprise Architecture Solution, ARIS Audit Manager; ARIS P2A Solution, which allows integration with Microsoft BizTalk, NTIS and Tibco; and ARIS Process Performance Manager (PPM 4.0).

"The ARIS Platform addresses three areas all designed to improve business process management initiatives. First, it opens up the doors of business process management to all levels within an organization and expands usage from business analysts and process owners to new users via an entirely new, easy to use interface," said Dr. Mathias Kirchmer, CEO of IDS Scheer for the Americas and Japan. "Second, by Web-enabling the entire platform, we have given larger, distributed organizations the capability to manage business processes anywhere, anytime. We have also enhanced the Web publishing aspects of ARIS to help companies create portal environments and make the business process content available throughout the entire organization. Finally, we have improved our corporate performance management functionality with enhancements to our compliance and process performance management solutions."

IDS Scheer said it has created a new GUI that offers enhanced functionality and navigation with tabs and buttons, which the provider said is useful for the first-time or occasional users that need access, but is also necessary for the power user that needs high-level modeling functions.

"Usability was such an important element in our product-launch that we conducted international usability testing with Cooper, experts in designing interactive products," said Kirchmer. According to Kirchmer, 100 percent of the respondents were happy with the new GUI.

IDS Scheer said it beta tested the new ARIS products with some of its largest global customers, including NOVA Chemicals, BP, John Deere, DaimlerChrysler Research, and Siemens.

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