ViewStar and Symantec Announce Product Integration; Symantec's FormFlow to Integrate with ViewStar's Process Architect.CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 1996--ViewStar Corporation, the leading provider of business process automation software, and Symantec Corporation announced today that ViewStar is integrating Symantec's acclaimed electronic form processing software, FormFlow, with its business process automation software.
Symantec's FormFlow integrates seamlessly into workflow applications A workflow application is where various applications, components and people must be involved in the processing of data to complete an instance of a process. For example, consider a purchase order that moves through various departments for authorization and eventual purchase. designed using ViewStar's advanced graphical modeling tool, Process Architect, automatically initiating workflow as well as becoming another document within the work folder being processed. The result is fast and simple workflow processing of virtually any form.
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Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page. and health care industries handle millions of forms each year," said Shirish Hardikar, vice president of marketing for ViewStar. "With the integration of FormFlow, these ViewStar users will now be able to create, modify, route and manage their forms electronically, thereby speeding the workflow and reducing processing costs."
For example, a customer service representative taking information over the telephone from an insurance customer would simply enter data into a visual form (using FormFlow) appearing on the computer screen. When finished, the form automatically initiates the workflow process.
Similarly, completed insurance forms submitted for payment and entered into the ViewStar System with FormFlow become electronic documents -- an integral component of the workflow process -- ready to be directed by ViewStar's Process Architect workflow map.
Additionally, FormFlow can be accessed by a user already working in a ViewStar workflow application. A loan processing agent, for example, can activate FormFlow when already in the ViewStar system to request, complete and fax a form to a customer.
By incorporating FormFlow as a key component, ViewStar offers organizations the opportunity to:
- Reduce paper acquisition and storage costs - Automate redundant tasks - Provide efficient work tracking mechanisms - Minimize data entry keystrokes and data entry errors - Leverage existing investments in network, database and messaging technologies
In companies with an e-mail system or Intranet network, forms can be submitted across the network and automatically recognized by a ViewStar workflow-enabled application process, and matched with related documents according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. an account or social security number, thus incorporating forms as pieces of a larger process.
ViewStar's FormFlow Import Task
ViewStar has developed a special FormFlow application and attribute task that maps data to ViewStar attributes and enables forms to be introduced at any stage of a ViewStar workflow process. Similar to other tasks in ViewStar's Process Architect task portfolio, the new FormFlow task is represented by an icon which can be "dragged and dropped" into a workflow map and integrates electronic forms processing capabilities with the ViewStar system.
The new task is developed in compliance with the ViewStar Task Architecture (VTA VTA Valley Transportation Authority (San Jose, California)
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FormFlow is electronic forms software that allows organizations to leverage their existing technology investments to automate business processes such as expense reporting and human resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. applications. Organizations can create form applications with conditional routing and deploy them enterprise-wide using their e-mail systems. More than simply electronically reproducing paper forms, FormFlow allows developers to create custom forms, menus, macros and applications quickly and easily.
The latest release, FormFlow 2.0, takes advantage of both new and well-established technologies, including Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Exchange Server is a messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft. It is part of the Microsoft Servers line of server products and is widely used by enterprises using Microsoft infrastructure solutions. , the Internet, OLE 2.0 with full support for OLE Controls, and continuing native support for new databases such as Microsoft SQL Server A relational DBMS from Microsoft that is a major component of the Windows Server System. It is Microsoft's high-end client/server database and is closely integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Microsoft Office System. 6 and Oracle 7. In addition, there are major advancements in enterprise electronic forms technology, including location-transparent forms management, forms routing/workflow, security, support for the Intranet, and application development and integration.
Availability and Pricing
ViewStar's FormFlow Task is scheduled for general availability in Q2'96. ViewStar customers should contact their local ViewStar account executive or distribution partner for complete pricing and delivery details.
Founded in 1986, ViewStar Corporation designs, develops and markets software products used to create mission-critical, line-of-business workflow applications in a distributed, networked environment. Incorporating data, electronic documents, images, text, multimedia and other formats, the ViewStar system enables organizations to deploy applications ranging from small departmental workflow processes to large, complex systems distributed over multiple locations.
To date, more than 250 ViewStar systems have been installed worldwide to optimize and automate a wide range of document-intensive applications. ViewStar is headquartered in Alameda, California Alameda is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on a small island of the same name next to Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay. An additional part of the city is Bay Farm Island, which is adjacent to the Oakland International Airport. , with regional offices throughout the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and in the United Kingdom, with international headquarters in France.
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers
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Founded in 1982, the company's global operations Global Operations is a first-person shooter computer game developed by Barking Dog Studios and published by both Crave Entertainment and Electronic Arts. It was released in March of 2002, following its public multiplayer beta version which contained only the Quebec map. span North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. . Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling 800-441-7234 toll free or 541/334-6054.
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