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What is josh?

josh is a web application within a portal, that gives a list of tasks to be performed. It is a software in support of the organization's business processes, that makes it possible to design processing (modeling) but which is not limited to a mere graphic representation because it allows real execution (automation). In fact, starting from the design of a process (workflow) and from the company’s various professional figures, it is possible to automatically manage the assignment of the tasks to the single corporate functions, indicating which documents to use and how the operations must be carried out.
josh 6 running process
In reality, josh is the enterprise class integrated software program for Organization Intelligence which:
 
 • makes the implementation, the execution and the monitoring of processes based systems fluid, with an exceptional level of productivity and reactivity (it is very simple to make changes requested by the organization to the single processes);
 
• it does not require the involvement of computer technicians because it is designed as a business oriented tool;
 
• it meets the various management needs of destructured data (particularly documents, processes, skills).
 
Technically it is composed of three fundamental modules:
 
• document management, based on Microsoft SharePoint technology (ECM – Enterprise Content Management System)
 
• the engine for graphic description and execution of business processes (BPMS – Business Process Management System)
 
• the map of the organization and of the individual skills.
 
This set-up interprets the task of Organization Intelligence, using the big three: Organization Processes, the Competences needed to perform them, the Content (documents) that they produce (PCC - Processes Competences Contents).
 
The josh server can be accessed from the applications, for the most part web applications, destined to the various types of people involved:
 
josh Client – web application incorporated in the corporate portal - users who execute the processes
Reporting Server – web based reporting application - managers and process managers
josh Mapper – client application for modeling the organization – analysts and organizational managers
josh Designer – client application for process design - analysts and process managers
 
From a functional point of view, here are a few of characteristics of josh:

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Characteristics
Notes
Model-driven design environment
Design environment characterized by great ease of use.
No Code (specifically for business users, not programmers), can be instantly modified.
 
Process execution & state mngmt engine
The execution of the processes is governed by a sophisticated enterprise class workflow that maintains the state and the value of the process variables.
Business activity monitoring & reporting
In addition to the fundamental BAM functions for checking the running of the processes, easily edited reports based on SQL Reporting Services.
System management and administration
System management and administration characteristics of the server.
SharePoint integration
Document and Content Management, Document Collaboration, Enterprise Portal that hosts josh web part; search extended to the task - activity text and to the variable values.
Social BPM
In addition to User/Group Collaboration: Wiki Processes, task-activities comment and comment rating, etc.
Knowledge oriented Functions
Context-aware Search for experts; Auto-classification of the documents; Update of the individual competences; etc.
Automated Document Composition
Automatic composition, without programming, of customized documents on the basis of the process variables
Optional tools
josh Scanner for document scanning and barcode management; josh InfoSign for digital signatures
Enterprise-class Process Repository
Process management and repository engine that uses an SQL relational database as backend and offers Fault Tolerance & Load Balancing features
SOA & HiLevel Programming Environment
Open application architecture, with publication of web services with SOAP protocol (accessible from any O.S. and language) and object model for integrations with .Net code
 
josh is applicable to many operative areas, especially because of its peculiar ability of adapting to the modus operandi of every organization. Its adoption is frequently justified by the savings in time and money with respect to the development of custom applications, but brings with it many advantages only apparently collateral which have to do with the effectiveness of the processes on which josh is used, favoring the collaboration between people and the capitalization of their experience, thanks to exclusive functions like contextual search for experts, suggestion of useful documents, social BPM functions.
The orientation towards business people who are not necessarily programmers or other IT experts (who also find great expressive possibilities for daring customization and integration) makes josh a structural response to the need to support the management of processes which frequently change and to deal with and work out the problem of the IT response times to the business when the processes change.

 

 
Market standards
 
josh is compatible with all of the most important market standards.
It supports .NET, XML, SQL, ADO, ODBC, OLE-DB and it's interoperable with Windows Workflow Foundation.
Being a distributed system, it works on Intranet/Extranet networks based on Microsoft operating evironments and Internet Browsers. In addition to this, it has a multi-language support and it is highly integrated with the most commonly used personal productivity environments, in particular Microsoft Office System.
 
 
 
 
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