Ravenflow Releases Next Generation Process Discovery and Visualization Service

Ravenflow_LogoEmeryville, CA—Dec. 8, 2010—Ravenflow today released RAVEN Cloud, a lightweight, online solution for process discovery and visualization of business process diagrams from plain English text.

Designed for business analysts, system analysts, and others who need to analyze and visualize their processes, users simply write their own process narratives or select from a library of template examples, and RAVEN Cloud instantly transforms the text into a high fidelity, error-free process diagram.

“Process discovery has become an important part of the project lifecycle because you need to have a solid understanding of how things work today before making changes or pursuing new innovations,” said Susan Boers, president and CEO of Ravenflow.  “Process models are one of the best ways to convey and validate that understanding, and RAVEN Cloud transforms the way those models are created.  RAVEN Cloud allows more people to participate in process discovery, automatically identifying errors or gaps in processes while generating diagrams that can be used in Visio or exported to other modeling tools.  And it does it all in seconds – not hours or days.”

“[Ravenflow] stands alone in the market as a tool to help users diagram business processes and use cases and then identify missing or incomplete requirements through a natural language analysis engine,” said independent research firm, Forrester Research, Inc. in the June 24, 2010 report, “Right Tools.  Write Requirements.  Right On!”  “These modeling capabilities can help you find missed requirements, fill in requirements gaps, and communicate more effectively with stakeholders, designers, developers, and testers.”

Delivered as rich interactive web application based upon Microsoft Silverlight, RAVEN Cloud enables business analysts and other users to perform the following key functions:

·      Automatically generate high fidelity business process diagrams from natural language descriptions of the process.

·      Analyze the process narrative text and highlight any logical errors, gaps or ambiguities that can lead to flawed requirements.

·      Identify the process actors, functions and business objects that are referenced in the process to ensure consistent terminology.

·      Classify, organize and store business processes in user-defined categories, including the ability to define as-is and to-be processes.

·      Export RAVEN-generated business process diagrams and related process information to either Microsoft Visio 2007 or 2010.

·      Export diagrams in either XPDL or XMI format, so they can be imported into other process modeling or system engineering tools.

“Process modeling is a critical first step in validating how an application or system should perform,” Boers added.  “In our recent business analyst salary survey, more than 50 percent of respondents claimed their organizations needed to improve requirements management practices.  Modeling use cases and process diagrams are a proven way to visualize and validate requirements and reduce project volatility.”

In addition to the ability to analyze and visualize their own processes, RAVEN Cloud includes more than 50 process templates across a variety of industries.  Also included is a set of RAVEN Tutorial examples that guide new users on how to author process narratives to achieve maximum benefit from the RAVEN language engine.

Based upon Ravenflow’s patented language engine, RAVEN Cloud is the only natural language application that allows business people to describe their processes in plain English, and then automatically identify gaps and other errors while generating visual diagrams all stakeholders can understand.

To learn more about RAVEN Cloud, visit www.ravencloud.com.  Both individual and multi-user accounts are available on a subscription basis.  A free, limited-feature version is also available.

About Ravenflow
Ravenflow is a leading provider of process visualization and requirements definition software that allows companies to gain better insight, clarity, and quality in their process improvement and application development projects.  Leveraging a patented natural language engine,
Ravenflow helps companies analyze and visualize their business processes, application requirements, and system engineering needs.  Ravenflow recently received the 2010 IBM Jazz Innovator Finalist Award, the 2009 Jolt Productivity Award, 2009 IBM Rational ISV Partner of the Year Award, and was selected as a Gartner “Cool Vendor in Application Development.”

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Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research, Nathaniel Palmer is recognized as one of the early originators of BPM, and has led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of BPM.com, as well as the Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition, as well as VP and CTO of BPM, Inc. Previously he had been the BPM Practice Director of SRA International, and prior to that Director, Business Consulting for Perot Systems Corp, as well as spent over a decade with Delphi Group serving as VP and CTO. He frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field, and was the first individual named as Laureate in Workflow. Nathaniel has authored or co-authored a dozen books on process innovation and business transformation, including “Intelligent BPM” (2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Amazon.com Best Seller’s List, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007) and “The X-Economy” (2001). He has been featured in numerous media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times to National Public Radio. Nathaniel holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government.