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Cordys targets Google Apps users

Workflow in the cloud, but how?

By Jason Stamper

Business process management maven Cordys has joined the Google Enterprise Partner program, and is delivering structured workflow capabilities to the Google Apps suite of communication and collaboration tools.

Cordys Process Factory for Google Apps is claimed to support organisations of any size using Google Apps as part of their core business processes and projects.

The combination of the Cordys Process Factory with Google Apps Premier Edition, delivered in the cloud, provides a messaging and collaboration offering for less money and with no software installation, the firm claimed.  The combination of the two increases the speed of deployment of workflow and situational applications for less than the price of a mobile phone, Cordys said.

Jon Pyke, Cordys’ chief strategy officer, said that Google executives have said Google Apps contributes around 3% of its total revenue, which could put the total number of Google Apps users as high as 10 million. “Our target is for 10% of that total Google Apps user base to adopt Cordys Process Factory with Google Apps,” Pyke told CBR.

Google Apps include Gmail, Google Talk instant messaging, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Video and more. The Cordys offering launched today enables Google Apps users to add structured workflow to existing unstructured collaborations, and to convert unstructured data from Google Docs spreadsheets to structured datasets and applications, according to Cordys.

It also provides the possibility of building and using situational applications in the cloud and integrating those with enterprise and legacy software.  Examples of situational applications include Budget Approval, Project Management, Talent Management and Change Control.

Speaking from its corporate headquarters in Putten, the Netherlands, Jan Baan, founder and CEO of Cordys, added: “This solution fundamentally changes the way software will be developed and deployed. For too long now, the power user has been excluded from the development of Web applications which has served to slow down the uptake of the technology at the corporate level.”

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“This new service brings together the innovative power of our vision and technology, and combines it with innovative services in Google Apps,” said Baan. “Organisations of any type or size can now mix and match existing on-premise processes run on ‘enterprise’ applications with processes and applications made available on the Web. The current market climate is certainly one which requires a new way to address business challenges and we are now excited to offer this new way to our customers.”

Scott McMullan, Google Apps Partner Lead for Google Enterprise, commented: “The integration of Cordys Process Factory with Google Apps will enable our customers to create new workflows and business processes, extending the value of our applications. We’re very excited to see our customers automate more of their business processes with the simplicity of browser-based cloud orchestration services.

Cordys Process Factory for Google Apps is a hosted development environment for building business process management applications in the cloud. Based on a Platform-as-a-Service, Cordys said this process orchestration technology helps companies to build situational applications to meet specific business needs.

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