February 03, 2010, 11:22 AM — Salesforce.com on Wednesday will offer a process management capability to make it easier to devise business processes for deployment on the company's Force.com cloud computing platform.
Force.com Visual Process Manager enables Force.com users to design business processes via a visual design tool. Processes could include, for example, a product issue resolution process or processes for employee on-boarding or performance reviews. Force.com is a cloud platform for building business applications; it also integrates with the Salesforce.com CRM platform.
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"What the process manager does is it lets our customers automate these business processes by simply drawing that process just as you'd draw a process on a white board," said Ariel Kelman, vice president of marketing for Force.com at Salesforce.com. "Our cloud computing platform will instantly run that process in the cloud."
"Someone who doesn't know how to write code can build sophisticated business applications," through Visual Process Manager, which actually generates metadata.
Visual Process manager includes a process designer, for designing business processes, as well as a process wizard builder, to design wizards that walk end-users step-by-step through a business process. A process simulator is featured for simulating complex processes before deployment, Salesforce.com said. A real-time process engine runs processes and scales to meet business needs.
Available now, Visual Process Manager is priced at $50 per user per month for users of Force.com enterprise and unlimited editions.
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