Forte Software will unveil its workflow process engine, codenamed Conductor, on 12 March.
The product is based on Objectflow, a prototype product that Digital Equipment sold to Forte 18 months ago. The software tools supplier has since rewritten the product in its own Forte language.
Conductor is a workflow process engine, which developers can embed in a Forte application as they build it. They can also add interfaces to a third party package to take advantage of an engine located elsewhere in a Forte environment.
Willy Kirkpatrick, Forte?s UK managing director, said: ?With some 70 per cent of applications built using Forte in the past, you had to hand-code a lot of this type of functionality in. But, Conductor increases robustness and decreases development time by about 30 per cent. The nice thing about it is that it divorces all code associated with business processes from the application logic, which makes it easier and cheaper to modify your application. In the past, the two were inextricably linked.?
IT managers simply need to define the business process stages required to undertake a specific task, set up the necessary rules in Conductor and introduce an authorisation structure. The software will track what is happening around the enterprise and generate statistics, if required.
Conductor has just gone into beta and is due to ship by August. It will be sold as an additional module to Forte?s application development environment, but will not be sold as a standalone offering for third party tools.
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