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Building a new collaborative OA Environment with BPM as the core

as early as last year, there were endless doubts about collaborative software. At the beginning of 2006, the IT industry was busy with the end of the year and making predictions for the future. ZDNet, an international authoritative it research and analysis institution, issued the review report on the top ten development trends of the software industry in 2006 in the middle of January, 2006. Sina, e-commerce, China Electronics Enterprise Association and other authoritative media and institutions have made important reprints. The report listed "the scale of collaborative software will exceed ERP" as one of the major development trends of China's software industry, which once again attracted great attention from the industry

when analyzing the development trend of collaborative software, Fudan Xieda, which is famous in the industry for its product competitiveness, is listed as the first mainstream collaborative software manufacturer in China. At the same time, click, UFIDA and other four domestic collaborative software manufacturers were also mentioned later. Together with xeida, they are considered to be an important force to promote the development of collaborative software industry in China. In addition to UFIDA, the collaborative software manufacturers listed in the report are all "rookies" in the software field in China. Just as these rookies are busy sowing seeds in the spring, a cold spring is quietly coming...

collaborative software is lost in the middle of the spring of 2006. In the middle of the spring of 2006, Chinese collaborative software manufacturers have not lost the joy of "flourishing flowers and leaves". Information weekly, another well-known IT media in China, Collaboration is listed as one of the top ten overestimated technologies. Information Weekly commented: "although collaborative applications have indeed begun to be deployed in some enterprises, in fact, collaborative applications have not become popular applications as expected by software manufacturers and the media."

then, an article titled "the ten overestimated technologies are dying out after 2006?" The signed article of "Information Weekly" has been on the prominent position of several major information management media, focusing on the comments of "Information Weekly" on collaborative software. Although the title adopts the interrogative sentence pattern, the author clearly points out in the article that insufficient user demand and product technology bottleneck have become obstacles to the promotion of collaborative software without water, acid and other mixtures

on the one hand, the popularity of collaborative software continues: from product concept to function introduction, from contract information to case introduction; On the other hand, it clearly denies the attitude of collaborative software. Collaborative software began to be caught between popularity and ridicule, and was in an embarrassing situation! At this time, the first Pacific Technology from Hong Kong, relying on its rich experience in the field of IT application services, cooperated with Fudan Xieda to enter the BPM field on a large scale, adding many new topics to the controversy of collaborative software

overestimation or underestimation. How to achieve synergy is the key.

Information Weekly does not give much explanation for the overestimation of collaborative applications. The article cites the view of Jishi information analysts and believes that "only in terms of collaborative tools and collaborative platforms, there is a suspicion of overestimation, because the current market scale is not so large". At the same time, the comments of Microsoft technical experts have also become one of the only two evidences that collaborative software is overvalued. "Most enterprises have not yet entered the stage of considering the deployment of collaborative applications", which is not only the reason why collaboration is overvalued, but also the conclusion that collaboration is overvalued

collaborative application going extinct after 2006 At present, there is a misunderstanding in the introduction of collaboration in the industry, that is, focusing on results and neglecting processes, and understating how to achieve collaboration. Therefore, many enterprise users still feel at a loss after so long time Of course, collaborative software is not as dead as the author predicted, but more and more prosperous

indeed, there are a large number of relevant information about collaborative software. Even in collaborative software products, how to collaborate has become a weak link. The fundamental reason for this weak link is that the theoretical thinking of collaborative software is not unified with the user's background. Considering the current domestic mainstream collaborative software products, business process and instant messaging are the two main directions. Mr. wangjianping of IT industry development and Application Service Research Institute wrote in software world that: "According to the development technology, function, operation and other aspects of the product, a comprehensive evaluation was made on the shrinkage and failure process of cast iron and the fracture shape software. Beijing Click and Fudan Xieda are two mature collaborative software products in China. Click focuses on instant message management and Xieda focuses on business process management, representing the two main application directions of collaborative software respectively."

although the two main directions of collaborative software are business process and instant messaging, it does not mean that collaborative software is only the function of these two aspects. In the theory and application of collaborative work, Professor shimeilin of Tsinghua University, a well-known expert of collaborative software, believes that collaborative software has four functions. In addition to business processes and instant messaging, collaborative writing (mainly document and knowledge management) and collaborative publishing (mainly information distribution and integration) are the other two functions

"process based" collaborative OA has gradually become the mainstream of the market

collaborative software has established agreed and popular standards in terms of theory and application. These standards support the product development, research, implementation and application of collaborative software. Many leading collaborative software functions of products basically revolve around these four aspects. For example, while Beijing Click mainly focuses on instant messaging, it has also developed a business process system. Fudan Xieda takes Business Process Management BPM as its core function. At the same time, it also has relatively perfect functions in instant messaging, collaborative writing, information release and integration, and has become one of the most widely used collaborative software products

take the common collaborative software products in the market as samples to analyze. Business process has become the focus of collaborative software products. Business process, with its perfect support for collaborative work, has become an important force in the innovation of OA (office automation) application of collaborative management ideas. The "process based" collaborative software and OA application with business process management as the core have gradually become the mainstream of the market. Among the many partners of Fudan Xieda, many partners value the advantages of Xieda software in the BPM field. Hong Kong First Pacific technology is the most important partner of Fudan Xieda in the high-end BPM field. As a leading BPM product solution provider in the Asia Pacific region, first Pacific technology has been cooperating extensively with Oracle, BEA, Bo and other international famous management software manufacturers. Mr. zhanghaidong, the managing director, said that Fudan Xieda software is second to none in China in terms of its product support ability and application understanding of BPM, And it can meet the application needs of Chinese local users that many foreign software can not meet

"process based" collaborative OA does not refer to the collaborative OA applicable to process production enterprises, but refers to the collaborative OA with business processes as the core. From the idea of taking business process as the core to the "process based" collaborative OA gradually becoming the mainstream of the market, the period is only about two years. Among them, the functions of instant messaging, document and knowledge management, information publishing and integration have not died out, but they have gradually become the subordinate status of business processes. In addition, some products that are contrary to the collaborative software theory, even if they are labeled as collaborative, are still facing great difficulties in being recognized in the context of the gradual maturity of collaborative software users. These products with collaboration labels are mainly customer-centric and HR centric, with the idea of associated applications and resource planning. For example, when choosing collaborative software products, the well-known media first finance and economics took the strength of process functions as the primary indicator. After analyzing and comparing with many domestic and foreign products, first finance and economics chose the collaborative management solution built by first Pacific based on Xieda BPM business middleware. In this solution, workflow became the core, linking administration, personnel, customer and other applications, And the process is used as a link to reflect the effect of association and collaborative application

objectively speaking, associated application, resource planning and personnel management all have their application value, and even are important management ideas and application software that drive together with collaboration. However, taking this as the core of collaboration will cause confusion between collaborative software and management ideas and application software such as enterprise relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP), which will bring difficulties and risks to users. Purchasing non collaborative software marked as collaborative, or even because of overlapping functions, positioning errors and other reasons, will cause a waste of information construction in enterprises and institutions. In serious cases, it will also disrupt the entire information strategic framework of users and the application deployment of management software. Yangyudong, President of the first finance and Economics Research Institute, said: from the application effect of the first finance and economics, the collaborative software basically covers all the daily management businesses, and "processes" all the daily management businesses, greatly improving the daily management efficiency

misunderstanding of collaborative software in the industry and misleading of users by some manufacturers are important reasons for suspicion of collaborative software. Whether collaborative software is overvalued or undervalued, it cannot change the development track of collaborative software itself. Those who believe that collaborative software is overestimated should see the fact that collaborative software is widely popular both at home and abroad. At the same time, they should recognize the deep reasons for the prevalence of collaborative software. Collaborative software can establish a virtual network office environment based on the Internet, enhance the management execution of user units with BPM as the core, and improve the daily efficiency and productivity of managers and knowledge workers. It is the general trend of information construction to change the traditional OA, take BPM as the core function, and build a new collaborative OA Environment! (end)

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