WEBCON

Looking for an alternative
to K2?

When you trade K2 for WEBCON, you will see the promise of a comprehensive process platform truly come to pass.

K2

WEBCON BPS

Modifying a live application

 

Cancel/restart your live workflows or let them finish under the now-obsolete workflow path

InstantChange™ – your in-flight workflows adapt immediately

Application lifecycle management

Applications can be deployed from a development to a test or production environment, but it rarely goes quite as planned and almost always requires troubleshooting and tweaking – especially when deploying updates

The entire application – workflow, forms, reports, dashboards, data schema, connections to external data – can be packaged and deployed (and updated) from development to test to production

Agility

If you have different roles, different business entities, etc., expect to add a lot of custom rules and branching logic

Built-in support for adapting forms and workflow behavior to roles, business entities, and more; 90% of the time without code, rules, or formulas

Performance

Busy forms are slow unless genuinely arcane tricks are deployed

Data access optimization and performance are built into the UI framework

User adoption

Three applications built by three different developers will behave three different ways, requiring users to be trained three different times

UI framework promotes consistency across applications; a user who learns one application already knows how to use any new applications

Migration and upgrades

 

Manual with some automated guidance. Not all features migrate. Audit trail and current running status must be discarded

Everything migrates, in every direction, with current status and audit trail preserved and intact

Process mapping

 

Workflow diagrams are meant for technical; business-friendly diagramming requires a separate product

Integrated with workflow and forms and report and dashboard designer; no separate diagrams or products needed

Design environment(s)

Separate designers for forms, workflows, reports, and data connections; fewer connections between them than you’d expect

Integrated with process mapping and forms and report and dashboard designer

Analytics

Workflow designer must add extra measurement steps to workflow

Built into each workflow step

Application data

 

Must be modeled somewhere else (SharePoint, SQL) and managed independently of your application – then you must build a SmartObject to work with it

Data is part of your application and is deployed/updated as your application evolves

Power users

You may not have to code like a developer, but you won’t get far unless you can think like a developer

Designer Desk provides non-professionals with an easy way to create prototypes professionals can extend and deploy to product

K2 vs. WEBCON BPS​

Modifying a live application

K2:
Cancel/restart your live workflows or let them finish under the now-obsolete workflow path

WEBCON BPS:
InstantChange™ – your in-flight workflows adapt immediately

Application lifecycle management

K2:
Applications can be deployed from a development to a test or production environment, but it rarely goes quite as planned and almost always requires troubleshooting and tweaking – especially when deploying updates

WEBCON BPS:
The entire application – workflow, forms, reports, dashboards, data schema, connections to external data – can be packaged and deployed (and updated) from development to test to production

Agility

K2:
If you have different roles, different business entities, etc., expect to add a lot of custom rules and branching logic

WEBCON BPS:
Built-in support for adapting forms and workflow behavior to roles, business entities, and more; 90% of the time without code, rules, or formulas

Performance

K2:
Busy forms are slow unless genuinely arcane tricks are deployed

WEBCON BPS:
Data access optimization and performance are built into the UI framework

User adoption

K2:
Three applications built by three different developers will behave three different ways, requiring users to be trained three different times

WEBCON BPS:
UI framework promotes consistency across applications; a user who learns one application already knows how to use any new applications

Migration and upgrades

K2:
Manual with some automated guidance. Not all features migrate. Audit trail and current running status must be discarded

WEBCON BPS:
Everything migrates, in every direction, with current status and audit trail preserved and intact

Process mapping

K2:
Workflow diagrams are meant for technical; business-friendly diagramming requires a separate product

WEBCON BPS:
Integrated with workflow and forms and report and dashboard designer; no separate diagrams or products needed

Design environment(s)

K2:
Separate designers for forms, workflows, reports, and data connections; fewer connections between them than you’d expect

WEBCON BPS:
Integrated with process mapping and forms and report and dashboard designer

Analytics

K2:
Workflow designer must add extra measurement steps to workflow

WEBCON BPS:
Built into each workflow step

Application data

K2:
Must be modeled somewhere else (SharePoint, SQL) and managed independently of your application – then you must build a SmartObject to work with it

WEBCON BPS:
Data is part of your application and is deployed/updated as your application evolves

Power users

K2:
You may not have to code like a developer, but you won’t get far unless you can think like a developer

WEBCON BPS:
Designer Desk provides non-professionals with an easy way to create prototypes professionals can extend and deploy to product

Release. Review. Revise. Repeat. Evolve.

An application isn’t really a one-time deliverable – it’ll need to be regularly adapted and improved in collaboration with users and stakeholders. That can’t happen unless the cost of change is low, and that applies to both creating changes and gracefully deploying them.

Say goodbye to fragile dependencies.

When you map a process, the workflow is already finished. So are the forms. When you change a field, the forms, the reports, the data – they’ve already adapted. When you define a connection, you can reuse it over and over again. When you consider that many platforms expect your application to be a series of strings of dependencies upon dependencies, rock-solid solutions are a welcome change.

“Citizen development” is a nice idea – but it’s citizen-assisted development that actually works.

Business users have day jobs. The work it takes to go beyond a quick tactical app and an enterprise-grade solution isn’t trivial. Applications that work by gluing together assets spread all over the company are harder to assemble than one might think. Perhaps it’s better to cooperate with professionals than bypass them. Why not have everyone participate in a solution, with different tools for different roles? Tools that work together. Tools that are as much about collaboration as construction. Where users can show professionals what they want, markedly reducing discovery and revision time (and build time, too). Where everybody wins.

Change management revolution with InstantChange™

Learn how our unique technology future-proofs your critical applications, makes remarkable time-to-business the norm, and why you’re missing out if you don’t have it!

What you get when you choose WEBCON?

One consistent platform that works everywhere

On-prem? Online hosted? Online private? WEBCON is WEBCON is WEBCON. The same features, the same format, and with a 100% migration path in any direction.

No more fragile apps

A solution with many moving parts in many different places is hard to deploy & maintain but really easy to break. A WEBCON app is built, deployed, updated, and secured as a set.

No process left behind when changes are made.

InstantChange™ means application updates take effect everywhere, right away, even on workflows in flight. No disruption, no restarting, no grandfathering.

Processes that run as long as you need

WEBCON BPS apps can run for seconds, months, or years. Migrate, and even modify them, and they keep on running.

Professionals and stakeholders working together

Don’t abdicate, collaborate. Let users show designers what they want the easiest way possible; you can finish what they started, without compromise.

Deployment lifecycle support

Deployment isn’t an afterthought to WEBCON – it’s in our DNA. Every part of every application is designed to gracefully deal with dev-test-production stages.

Process mapping and workflow diagramming aren’t two separate things

Don’t work hard to make it understandable and again work hard to make it work. Create one thing that does both – and always in sync.

Auditing and analytics without extra effort

WEBCON processes auto-report on themselves. You don’t have to clutter them with extra steps that feed custom logs. It’s extra insight without extra effort.

The end of analysis paralysis

Build and deliver it right away, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Because you can easily – and quickly – improve it. Using real feedback, not imagined requirements.

One simple subscription (or purchase)

You can subscribe to it. You can buy it. It’s your choice.

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