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London-based Goal Focus Ltd has launched the GoalFocus Planning System, a tool for business process reengineering. It is written as a workflow application in Notes, using the Lotus Development Corp Notes development language. There are plans to integrate it into Microsoft Exchange and Goal Focus is talking to Oracle Corp about the tool working with Oracle Documents. The product links with standrd Windows offerings especially things like Microsoft Project, PMW, Process Modeller. Goal Focus says the product defines and drives management monitoring and control systems such that it manages the relationships between business and management processes; projects and project structure; responsibility and accountability of teams and individuals; and so on. The way it achieves this is by structuring the company’s data in a meaningful way, depending on the company’s needs. This is then presented to the end user in a Lotus Notes-style screen. Goal Focus says the product is aimed at senior managers and the difference between GoalFocus Planning System and enterprise information systems is that it provides information on interaction between the company and its environment; between different tiers in the organisation; and information on the skills within the company, rather than historical data classically supplied by executive information systems. Also, Goal Focus can help the company manage its business from its offices in South London by attaching to the company’s network. Goal Focus was formed from a management consultancy company called EIS Ltd. The software product was in development at EIS before it turned into Goal Focus. Jon Morgan, the company’s managing director, said it cost more than UKP1m to develop and took six to seven man years. GoalFocus Planning System is available on a rental basis for UKP5,000 a month for up to 10 users; each subsequent user costs UKP250 a month. This does not include the Lotus Notes licence fee. There is a minimum rental period of three months.

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