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Atego has launched Atego Process Director, a web-based environment for process definition, management and deployment.

Atego Process Director delivers a highly scalable, extensible and pragmatic range of web-based process-oriented capabilities for operational, engineering and development process authoring, roll-out, management, governance measurement and optimisation.

Its thin client user interface runs on contemporary browsers and also supports mouse-free environments such as Windows Touch, Ipad and the Iphone.

Atego Process Director is preloaded with a selection of industry best practice processes, roles, deliverables, techniques, tools and risks for systems engineering, software engineering and project management.

Organisations can also import their existing process documentation, author new processes and merge all three.

This means that companies can use their own processes, as well as industry standard processes, and custom-configure any process to suit their specific needs.

Processes can be authored with Atego Process Director’s online process editor or any Metaweblog API compliant tool, for example, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Live Writer.

Process flows are created with the Step Editor’s full drag-and-drop graphical process designer.

Each Atego Process Director project (or program) is then based on an underlying process library, which is automatically tailored to the project’s individual circumstances with a question-and-answer wizard.

Projects can then be managed with a mix of Atego Process Director’s task elimination and allocation, Microsoft Project Plan generation, metrics gathering and collaborative process improvement discussions.

Atego Process Consumer then puts an organisation’s processes in the hands of everyone who needs them, when they need them.

Automatic e-mail notification tells process consumers when they have been allocated a task and reminds them when to start.

Atego Process Consumer also provides personal ‘To Do’ lists for on-demand task selection.

Both options give process consumers hot links directly to the relevant process help, example deliverables, other people involved, associated risks and the techniques, tools and patterns to apply.

Task progress information and metrics can be recorded, leading to ongoing process improvement.

Atego Process Director and Atego Process Consumer’s Library Structure Views, Navigation Trees and Process Diagrams provide simple process visualisation and understanding.

These views are consistent, no matter who authored each process.

So, once someone understands one process, they can easily pick up the next.

The search facility and ‘tag clouds’ make finding relevant process information much quicker than hunting through the documents and websites, giving staff more time to focus on doing the job.

Atego Process Director also provides project oversight, gathering metrics from process consumers to show how processes are being used and the related project success.

This closes the loop so that the return on process investments can be proved.

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