As many people know already, last week we released the latest version of SAPERION ECM. This is a minor release with less focus on new functionality than a major release. However, the latest version does especially include some important changes recommended by the first users of version 7. Extensive updates to the interface are designed to boost user acceptance. For example, we put a great deal of effort into menu ribbons in the rich client and once again broke new ground in terms of navigation.
Version 7 was released in late 2010 with a completely new web client based on modern Ajax and JEE technology. The web client reflects the look and feel of our rich client, making it easier for users to switch between the two clients. The new version integrates several previously absent functions. However, many of our customers will find the new outliner and records applications to be of even greater interest. It is now easier than ever before to keep Case Management functions as are more and more be mentioned by market analysers organized in both the rich and web clients.
The outliner application appears as a folder in the navigation area and permits drag-and-drop archiving of entire folder zones from the file system. Attributes of any Office documents are automatically adopted via MAPI. The folder structures are flawlessly re-created in the navigation area. This helps the user get organized quickly. Users of SAPERION Version 6 may have some experience with these functions as “Express Scenarios”, where navigation was still provided in a query mask.
The eFile application now provides a series of standardized functions for quickly establishing filing scenarios. Configuration replaces a great deal of programming in order to save time during implementation and maintenance. Our HR Records business solution (English whitepaper is in work) is likewise based on these functions. A solution for Contract Management is under development. Training is provided on simple project eFile applications and others. Partners are already lined up for Leasing and Credit eFiles. If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear about them :-)
The optional multi-format viewer from Deaja, including an annotation function, has been available in the rich and web clients since version 7. In version 7.1, a multiformat viewer is now a component of the web client.
Version 7 offered integration with Signavio in order to facilitate creation of SAPERION workflows with a professional tool for graphical modeling of processes á la BPMN. Now users can view the processes in both the rich and web clients with the same look and feel. The current task the user is working on is highlighted so he can quickly recognize the proper context. Our own ProcessDesigner has got an uplift to BPMN 2.0 as well. Administrators will love the new split and join gateways for more flexibility in modeling processes.
Anyone who uses Web Services to develop their own applications will be interested to know that we have decided to adopt the Web Services (launched in version 6 as open source) into our regular product line. As a result, they are now subjected to our strict quality assurance measures.
Version 7.1 also includes our new Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Integration. In addition to support for Federated Search (which also considers documents stored in SAPERION), SAPERION ECM Office Bridge for Microsoft SharePoint enables direct access to existing systems such as SAP, Oracle, Siebel, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, AX, and other ERP systems. Users benefit from working through the same, familiar interfaces, such as Microsoft Office applications.
There are many more, smaller changes that are too numerous to mention here. If you are interested in learning more, please join our webinars for training on the new features.