SharePoint 2010 Gets Advanced BPM Processes via Skelta
Even before the beta release last November of SharePoint 2010 there had been a rush to build integrators and connectors for SharePoint. This year, the first of them comes in the shape of Skelta (news, site) which has just announced that its BPM. NET product will support SharePoint 2010.

Skelta describes itself as a company that lives through a symbiotic relationship with Microsoft and the Microsoft Community. No harm in any of that. In fact, it is probably quite good for business users in that the relationship has spurred Skelta to make its advanced business process management workflow software compatible with SharePoint 2010.

The priority at this moment is to provide advanced BPM functionality to SharePoint 2010 . . .with all the features of Skelta BPM like collaborative process designing, forms designing, Outlook integration, Enterprise web content management, business intelligence and reporting," Arvind Agarwal, CTO, Skelta Software said.

Skelta says they are ready to roll and will do so when Microsoft releases SharePoint 2010.

Skelta BPM.NET Features

It has been a while since we had a look at Skelta, so let’s just have a quickie now! The bottom line -- Skelta says -- is that BPM. NET allows business users collaborate with developers in creating new processes, as well as the implementation and administration of those processes.

With a web-based graphical interface that even novices can use it enables everyone to stipulate their business process preferences, and gives developers easy-to-use features for embedding these preferences in business applications.

As expected, there is a whole list of features that will be available to SharePoint 2010. However, three stand out.

1. Skelta Enterprise Console

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The enterprise console comes with customizable process documentation templates while at the same time acts as a repository for all the processes. It comes with multi-level process categories and facilitates process modeling, automation and optimization.

2. Process Documentation

The second is the customizable process documentation templates.

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Skelta Process Documentation

This provides:

  • A unified interface for centralized process management
  • Process categorization for grouping processes
  • Repositories containing process types such as workflow processes and manual processes

3. Process Automation

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Skelta Process Automation
 

The third element is process automation which gives users:

  • Modelling, analysis, execution and monitoring of processes automatically
  • Design and Manage all Skelta workflows in a repository
  • Ability to associate with SharePoint site, custom list or events
  • Associate workflows with any file system, or folder changes

In effect, what Skelta BMP.NET does is to give users complete visibility over all enterprise processes -- manual, undocumented and automated -- with enhanced control over changes to processes, or elements of processes.

How effective it is remains to be seen, but Skelta was listed as one of the Cool Vendors in Gartner’s BPM arena 2009, so it probably does exactly what the company claims it does.