iGrafx(R) 2007 Product Suite Increases Support for Enterprise Business Process Improvement



    New Features Dramatically Streamline Users' Ability to Document and Model
Business and IT Processes in Support of Organizational Strategies and Goals

    TUALATIN, ORE., March 28 /CNW/ - iGrafx(R), a leading provider of
Business Process Analysis and Modeling software, announced the availability of
the 2007 version of its popular iGrafx family of solutions for process
excellence. iGrafx 2007 enhances iGrafx modeling and simulation capabilities
as well as improves the integration of the desktop modelers with iGrafx server
products.

    iGrafx 2007 extends its lead over competing solutions by unifying process
excellence teams through the most user-friendly, collaborative environment
available for modeling, analyzing and improving business processes. With
iGrafx, users can document and verify the alignment of current organizational
processes with strategic goals and initiatives, test alternative scenarios
against the current state, and then deploy only the most efficient process
improvement changes. Additionally, the easy to understand iGrafx visual models
can be exported as executable code and used by IT systems, thus aligning
business and IT processes. With the ability to document and understand current
state processes and the impact of changes to these processes, iGrafx 2007 also
provides support for compliance and governance initiatives.

    "As companies increase their focus on enterprise-wide goals and
initiatives, customers are seeking complete solutions that can address process
improvement across their entire organization," said Ken Carraher, president,
iGrafx. "As a result, iGrafx has evolved our Business Process Analysis and
Modeling tools to provide a combined solution that can model and analyze
complex processes and provide a broader view across the organization." iGrafx
2007 delivers to all users a greater visibility and understanding of how
processes are linked to organizational strategies, which constitute risk, how
to define a road map to improvement, and how to visualize the impact of
change.

    New features in iGrafx 2007

    The combination of these new features allows organizations to become more
agile in understanding and managing the improvement of critical business
processes.

    --  Enhanced Enterprise Modeling: In addition to modeling human
resources, iGrafx 2007 lets users perform IT architecture modeling to describe
how IT systems support processes and analyze resource contention. Users can
build consistent models and speed development with the new shared resource
model by reusing organization elements across multiple models.

    --  Improved Lean and Six Sigma Support: iGrafx 2007 offers great new
features for Lean users including the ability to create Extended Value Stream
Maps to obtain a lean view that crosses plant, divisional, and company
boundaries. Six Sigma enthusiasts, on the other hand, will use the new
Prioritization and Failure Mode Spreadsheets to spotlight improvement
opportunities and mitigate failure mode effects faster. Users will also be
able to define and scope Six Sigma projects, and identify progress towards
process goals with the use of iGrafx Process Central repository.

    --  New Process Lifecycle Management: In iGrafx 2007, models now progress
through multiple stages of maturity from review, to approval and sign-off for
complete process lifecycle management. Users can also monitor work in progress
and obtain e-mail notifications when documents are modified.

    --  Additional Enhancements: iGrafx 2007 contains multiple collaboration
and time-saving features. For example, in addition to web and Microsoft(R)
Office publishing, users can now output and share iGrafx models as PDF
documents. Furthermore, new shape numbering changes cascade through the
hierarchy improving model consistency and understanding. The new "where used"
search allow users to view all instances where an activity is used to build
models faster with consistency, validity and accuracy. iGrafx 2007 also
includes new improved documentation and tutorials to further extend its lead
in ease of use.

    Availability

    iGrafx 2007 is immediately available in English and German. Additional
languages will be available later this year. For pricing or additional
information, please contact your local sales representative, visit
www.igrafx.com, or phone (503) 404-6050.

    About iGrafx

    iGrafx helps organizations reduce costs, waste and risk by allowing IT,
business analysts and process initiative practitioners to understand and
improve processes across functional boundaries. The iGrafx suite of business
process improvement software allows users to document, analyze, refine and
communicate processes in the pursuit of corporate goals and objectives.
Whether complying with regulations, aligning business activities with IT, or
implementing Six Sigma or Lean, iGrafx establishes and manages the process
information that will ensure your success. By creating a collaborative process
mapping and analysis environment, iGrafx links initiatives with the
implementation environment for measurable productivity improvements. iGrafx is
a division of Corel Inc.

    (C) 2007 Corel Corporation. All rights reserved.




For further information:

For further information: iGrafx Cindy Valladares, 503-404-6034

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