The next generation K2 software code named K2 'BlackPearl' enables a new Applications from reusable artifacts.

    REDMOND, Wash., March 22 /CNW/ -- K2 "BlackPearl" evolves the 2003
platform to meet customer needs for rapidly building and adapting business
applications.  Building software is too expensive today.  It is too complex. 
It takes far too long.  K2 "BlackPearl" is intended for a new generation of
business and technical users who want the ability to actively collaborate in
assembling enterprise Business Process Applications (BPAs) more quickly, with
more agility, and better quality than with existing technology.
    K2 "BlackPearl" extends 2003 Business Process Management (BPM)
capabilities to allow business and technical stakeholders to collaboratively
design, execute, optimize, monitor, and report on process centric
applications.  It introduces new features to support business processes that
are collaborative, non-linear, and serve to aggregate services, policies, and
information stored across the organization -- with or without specific process
    Specific areas of investment within the K2 "BlackPearl" Business Process
Application platform include:

    -- Multiple design tools that allow all both business and technical users
       to actively participate in the creation of Business Process
       Applications that include processes, forms, reports, and policies.
    -- Tools for visually creating business entities (customer, invoice,
       product, etc.) that span line of business applications and can be
       reused across applications and processes.
    -- Design tools for creating reusable policies that allow for natural
       language and business or industry specific lexicon.
    -- Microsoft SharePoint support that includes an embedded web based
       design canvas as well as Visio and Visual Studio wizards for no-code
       integration with SharePoint sites, workflows, search, libraries and
    -- Visual reporting design and execution tools that leverage SQL Server
       2005 Reporting Services.
    -- Full upgrade and backward compatibility with 2003.
    -- Data provisioning capabilities from existing data sources including
       line of business applications such as SAP and
    -- An event bus allowing stakeholders to subscribe to changes in business
       data or status.
    -- Powerful and flexible options for meeting scalability requirements.
    -- Other features such as visual process debugging, process inheritance,
       granular security and more.

    K2 "BlackPearl" has been released to a group of beta partners and
customers and is scheduled for public release in mid 2007.  More information
on K2 "BlackPearl" is available at

    About K2
    K2 is a business unit of SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc.  K2 is
headquartered in Redmond, Washington and has offices in the United States,
Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, South Africa, Australia, and
Singapore.  SourceCode and are registered trademarks or trademarks of
SourceCode Technology Holdings, Inc. in the United States and/or other
countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be
the trademarks of their respective owners.

For further information:

For further information: Josh Swihart of K2, +1-303-552-0628, or Web Site:

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