Workbench Version 2.2 supplies updated BPR tools
- By John McCormick
- Jun 02, 1997
The upgrade from Version 2.0 has better methodology support, including support for
Version 2.2 will let you create custom methodologies as well as standardized objects
and properties that you can reuse in multiple models.
It has improved access to visual attributes of model components, and you can generate
Hypertext Markup Language format models to share information over an intranet or the
New modelers in this version include use case and interaction.
Use case modelers deal with external people and organizations that interact with
Interaction modelers track time-sequenced message exchanges and illustrate objects in
What makes ProVision Workbench more user-friendly is the new inventory manager (IM),
which is the tree-based common graphical metaphor used to represent the hierarchical
branching structure that links objects.
Clicking on any item in the IM lets users view details or modify entries by deleting,
adding, cloning, or linking objects or models.
Because every organization will differ from every other, ProVision Workbench gives you
several ways to customize any object, such as inventory.
Methodologies available include Booch, Coad, Jacobsen use case, Martin/Odell and object
Selecting a methodology, such as object thinking, lets you customize the modeler type
by selecting from event, goal or use case modelers, among others.
Users also can modify object types.
Modelers available in ProVision Workbench include BPR tools-business domain, business
interaction, business entity, workflow, event, goal and location-and business object
analysis modelers-use case, interaction, subtype, object type, state and method.
Launch a modeler from a pull-down menu, from a tiny tree-organized icon or from a
selection of larger and easier to understand representative icons.
Heavily documented explanations of how to use the modelers have enough detail to help
even novice users become comfortable with the process.
Error-checking a completed model is easier with the integrated spell-checker, a useful
narrative description tool and a completeness checker that indicates any incomplete object
The interpreter, which generates narrative descriptions of your model, is interactive;
that is, you change the model from within the interpreter. The tool also lets you
calculate process costs and timing. Units, such as number of hours in a work day, are
The automated completeness check tool lets you analyze the entire model or check for
specific problems such as orphans, missing descriptions, missing properties and incomplete
Click on the generated list of errors to make corrections.
Version 2.2 supports implementation of new business models through external development
platforms including C++, Smalltalk and Visual Basic via export of model objects as program
code, data definition language and relational extracts.
You can import C++ code and Application Design Wizard objects into new or existing
ProVision Workbench models.
Of course, a BPR analysis produces results only as good as a user's skills and
knowledge, but an easy-to-use tool such as ProVision Workbench can make a complex task
just that much easier.
Easily customizable, ProVision Workbench has integrated single-windows access to
features such as the inventory manager, and useful export tools for code as well as
reports. As a result, it is a valuable tool for re-engineering in any Windows environment.
The guided tour and quick-start tutorial are useful introductions to the program, which
also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.