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APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Drive results across the entire organization

Achieve company-wide process orchestration, governance and visibility. Eliminate paper-heavy, repetitive tasks and introduce efficient process automation with powerful end-to-end business applications.

Power Platform
vs.

WEBCON BPS

Modifying a live application

Power Platform:
Cancel/restart your live workflows or let them finish the old way

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

Integration

Power Platform:
Making an application out of components is up to you; PowerApps are built separately from Flows which are separate from reports which are separate from Azure functions which are separate from data; links between them are fragile

WEBCON BPS:
The entire solution is built as a set of tightly-coupled components that work together automatically

Duration

Power Platform:
Flows must complete within 30 days; running over that is considered an exception; workarounds exist, but they delay the inevitable, and they’re fragile

WEBCON BPS:
Processes can run for one second or one century, and any length of time in between; they’ll survive migration, upgrades, changes to the model, and not end prematurely

Application lifecycle management

Power Platform:
Forms, workflows, and any dependent components must be manually packaged; non-destructive/non-disruptive updates is at best an art, not a science

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

On-premises & Cloud

Power Platform:
Online and multitenant only; a gateway must be used to breach firewalls to access on-premises data

WEBCON BPS:
One platform that runs on-premises, cloud IaaS, and SaaS offering

Migration and upgrades

Power Platform:
Elements of projects can be exported as templates for building new projects somewhere else, which isn’t exactly migration

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

Process mapping

Powerr Platform:
Create an abstract high-level diagram in Visio, then separately build the application using different tools — doing the work twice

WEBCON BPS:
The process model is the workflow diagram, and (together with the data dictionary) drives the form and report models

Analytics and audit trails

Power Platform:
Workflow designer must add extra measurement steps to a flow, and create a place to store those metrics and a way to view them

WEBCON BPS:
Built into each workflow step; reporting and analyzing is built into the platform

Records, auditing, case management

Power Platform:
Documents can be treated as records, but the process used to review them will be lost when completed. Data is disconnected and connections are ad-hoc

WEBCON BPS:
Every workflow instance is a case with status, roles, documents, data, and an audit trail; the case can be treated like a record from cradle to grave

Application data

Power Platform:
Must be modeled somewhere else (Lists, DataFlex, SQL) and managed independently of your application; data is not part of your application and changes to data will break it

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

Power user options

Power Platform:
Power users must use the same tools as professionals; while technically not “code,” a spelling error or misplaced parenthesis will break an application

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

Power Platform WEBCON BPS
Modifying a live application

Cancel/restart your live workflows or let them finish the old way

InstantChange™ – your in-flight workflows adapt immediately

Integration

Making an application out of components is up to you; PowerApps are built separately from Flows which are separate from reports which are separate from Azure functions which are separate from data; links between them are fragile

The entire solution is built as a set of tightly-coupled components that work together automatically

Duration

Flows must complete within 30 days; running over that is considered an exception; workarounds exist, but they delay the inevitable, and they’re fragile

Processes can run for one second or one century, and any length of time in between; they’ll survive migration, upgrades, changes to the model, and not end prematurely

Application lifecycle management

Forms, workflows, and any dependent components must be manually packaged; non-destructive/non-disruptive updates is at best an art, not a science

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

On-premises & Cloud

Online and multitenant only; a gateway must be used to breach firewalls to access on-premises data

One platform that runs on-premises, cloud IaaS, and SaaS offering

Migration and upgrades

Elements of projects can be exported as templates for building new projects somewhere else, which isn’t exactly migration

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

Process mapping

Create an abstract high-level diagram in Visio, then separately build the application using different tools — doing the work twice

The process model is the workflow diagram, and (together with the data dictionary) drives the form and report models

Analytics and audit trails

Workflow designer must add extra measurement steps to a flow, and create a place to store those metrics and a way to view them

Built into each workflow step; reporting and analyzing is built into the platform

Records, auditing, case management

Documents can be treated as records, but the process used to review them will be lost when completed. Data is disconnected and connections are ad-hoc

Every workflow instance is a case with status, roles, documents, data, and an audit trail; the case can be treated like a record from cradle to grave

Application data

Must be modeled somewhere else (Lists, DataFlex, SQL) and managed independently of your application; data is not part of your application and changes to data will break it

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

Power user options

Power users must use the same tools as professionals; while technically not “code,” a spelling error or misplaced parenthesis will break an application

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

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What do you get when you choose WEBCON?

One consistent platform that works
everywhere

It’s in your data center. It’s a hosted solution. It’s a part of your cloud infrastructure. It’s everywhere.

And everywhere WEBCON BPS is, it’s the same technology. The same feature set. Not just the same look and feel. The same everything.

And everywhere WEBCON BPS is, it’s the same technology. The same feature set. Not just the same look and feel. The same everything.

The end of fragile applications

Applications wind up involving forms, workflows, reports, connections to data, and perhaps a unified web application that brings them all together. With most platforms, those different elements are build separately, integrated manually, and deployed carefully.

Here’s the fun part: in WEBCON BPS, they’re all different faces of a single thing. The forms are a window into the current state of the workflow. The data schema tells the forms what they need to do. Lookup fields can reference a catalog of already-configured data sources. There are business rules governing, well, everything. Reports know about current status and form content. Change audit trails keep track of everything, not just documents.

No process left behind when you need
to make a change

Virtually every process management and workflow automation platform treats a single running instance as a set of queued instructions. Once it starts, it can’t change, and you have to accept it. Maybe you can cancel and restart it, but that’s it. WEBCON BPS is better than that. At every step in a process, a running instance checks the model to see what should happen next. Change the model, the running instances change their path. The forms change their behavior. The data changes its schema. The reports change their appearance. The model implemented by WEBCON’s InstantChange™ technology is rare – and incredibly useful when you have processes that won’t stand still.

Processes that run as long as you need

WEBCON BPS apps can happily run for months, if not years, without consuming resources or slowing anything down. You can migrate them, and even modify them, and they’ll continue to run.

Professionals and stakeholders
working together

In a world of citizen-assisted development, professionals stay in regular contact with stakeholders. That means stakeholders/users need to be able to understand what’s going on and be able to give feedback that’ll be acted on.

With WEBCON’s Designer Desk, stakeholders create the initial specifications in the form of a functioning prototype. When professionals pick that up and carry it forward, the ongoing work is familiar. With InstantChange™, the effort and time needed to react to feedback is microscopic.

Deployment lifecycle support

Deployment isn’t an afterthought. It’s wired into WEBCON BPS’ DNA. Every application element is aware that it can be moved from place to place, and fundamental design decisions were made to ensure that things keep working when they do.

You can even define dependencies into your applications when you want them to behave differently between development, testing, and production, too.

Auditing and analytics without extra effort

Plenty of platforms offer analytics. Some charge extra for it. Almost all of them require you to do extra work to make use of it. So your hyper-detailed, flowchart-style workflow diagrams will need to become extra detailed to accommodate extra steps to emit metrics to be collected for analysis.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the workflow model assumed it would be reported on? That it provided metrics automatically? And that it had room for you to easily add extra metrics to measure without making the project more complicated? We thought so – and we made it so.

The end of analysis paralysis

The reason why so many projects never get started is because stakeholders aren’t quite sure what they want. Not in detail, at least. Designers conduct a seemingly endless series of requirements-gathering meetings, specification reviews, and so on. They do this because they can’t afford not to get it right the first time. WEBCON BPS changes that. By making the cost of change low and effort to evolve easy, you can start with an imperfect first try and immediately follow it up with a series of improvements based on feedback. Improvement cycles can be measured in hours, sometimes even minutes. And since most people have an easier time critiquing than imagining, you not only get faster results – you get better results, too.

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