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					                         CHARISMA WORKFLOW 2011
The lack of an efficient management of the organization workflows or the existence of delegation and
exception risks occurring during the execution of these flows can disturb the business development. The
need to extend the mechanism of managing each operational or business process has determined the
development and integration of Charisma WorkFlow 2011 solution. For a functional added value in
configuring the programming transactions based on decision hierarchy, Charisma Workflow 2011 is the
standalone solution that can be perfectly integrated with any enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.


I.         FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL BENEFITS............................................................................................. 2
II.        FEATURES .............................................................................................................................................. 2
III.          INTEGRATION WITH OTHER SYSTEMS .............................................................................................. 4
IV.           WORKFLOW TEMPLATES .................................................................................................................. 5
V.         WorkFlows Case Examples per business divisions ................................................................................ 6
      A.      Finance Division - Expense Forms ..................................................................................................... 6
      B.      Human Resources Division – Employee On-Off Boarding ................................................................ 7
      C.      IT and Engineering Division – Service Desk ....................................................................................... 9
      D.      Sales / Marketing Division – Marketing Plan Approval................................................................... 10
      E.      Compliance / Quality Assurance Division – Risk and Compliance Reporting ................................. 11
      F.      PR & Communication Division – Complain Management process ................................................. 12
      G.      Administration & Office Management – Company Directory fill-in process .................................. 13
VI.           Easy-to-use graphical interface and fast ROI .................................................................................. 14
VII.          Interfacing - SAP integration for Charisma WorkFlow 2011 ........................................................... 15
VIII.         Contact ............................................................................................................................................ 16




                                                                                              Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                                               Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                                                            Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                                                   E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
  I.       FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL BENEFITS
          Reduces the operational costs by eliminating redundant or manual execution time;

          Increases the efficiency of operations through an user-friendly and automated solution;

          Minimizes the internal risk due to the increase of control and the introduction of operational

           automations.



 II.       FEATURES
Charisma Workflow 2011 enables organizations of any size
to quickly build complex processes whether by accessing a
Web browser interface or directly in the client system of
the back-office user. At the same time, the solution
enables defining and automating the business processes,
reviewing the task flows and automating the tasks related
to ERP solutions.

          Creates new flows only through visual
           configuration - while the effort of additional developments is removed and responds to a broad
           spectrum of business needs;

          Completely manages all the elements included in the configuration process of the working
           process - actors, actor groups, entities (documents and tasks), inputs and outputs, interaction
           and control methods, etc.;

          Efficiently sets up and manages ways of avoiding bottlenecks, including delegations and error
           handling, ensuring the continuity and proper system functioning;

          Defines independent workflows specific to any task type within the organization; Generates
           workflows in hours and days;

          Manages and tracks the evolution of To-Do lists by users (actors) or user groups; Includes a
           multi-user approval feature for various workflow tasks;

          Provides decisional support by implementing execution stages, conditioning and time
           restrictions assigned to the execution;

          Includes task management that helps users (actors) interact with the workflow at a certain
           moment, including the owner, generating flow, documents attached, actions and entities
           affected, priority and status (stand-by, working, finished, cancelled); the tracking of the actions
           performed by users is managed through checklists;



                                                                   Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                    Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                                 Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                        E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
   Automatically notifies each actor within the flow about the steps that were not performed or
    those that are to be performed;

   Automates the usual business processes and tasks related to the applications;

   Provides an updated, real-time image, of the tasks within the workflow, as well as the execution
    plan;

   Ensures user and security mechanism management; it also includes the delegation and the
    transfer of responsibilities and rights from the source users to the target users;

   Generates a detailed report at company level;

   Measures the performance of a flow or a certain task through expandable indicators, used in
    various statistics and reports:
        o Number of instances by period (e.g. month) of a workflow;
        o Minimum, average and maximum duration of the complete workflow execution;
        o Link between flow and task for the indicators: minimum, average and maximum
            duration of the execution, task number per user, period (e.g. month), etc.




                                                           Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                            Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                         Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
III. INTEGRATION WITH OTHER SYSTEMS


Improves ERP processes by:


                          Connecting to external data via SQL, Web Services, LDAP,
                           XML;
                          Creation and usage in specific Workflow Foundation
                           operations;
                          Interaction via Web Service API;
                          Expanding and customizing, using the available SDK;
                          Integration with BizTalk;
                          Access to Active Directory
                          Using already existing connectors included within standard
                           package, supporting development of interfaces with other
                           systems without advanced integration know-how (Charisma,
                           Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle Financials, SAP, etc).



                         Intranet   Expenses Control    Leasing Front Office     eProcurement ...




                                                  Workflow




                                                    Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                     Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                  Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                         E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
IV.    WORKFLOW TEMPLATES

Charisma WorkFlow 2011 includes standard workflow templates that can be used out-of-the-box, as
soon as the action of defining a new workflow is selected. The templates include business divisions
specific workflows that could serve as the basis for the creation of the new workflows and reduce time
in analysis and development of requests from business users.




                                                             Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                              Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                           Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                  E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
V.      WorkFlows Case Examples per business divisions


A. Finance Division - Expense Forms


Charisma WorkFlow 2011 can be used to automate their expenditure approvals process.
When an employee needs approval for an expenditure of any type, they add an item to a simple list in
their SharePoint portal. Charisma Workflow 2011 then automatically finds the cost centre and approver
appropriate to the expenditure, taking into consideration that approver's maximum approval limit and
remaining budget.
Approval is then given or denied by the approver by responding in plain English to an automated email.
Remaining budget is adjusted, notifications are sent to the relevant parties and, if the purchase involves
other departments, they are contacted as well.
In some cases, the approval of an expenditure kicks of another automated business process. An example
of this would be when the expense of hiring a new employee is approved and the Charisma Workflow
2011 responsible for recruitment is started. Another example would be when a large piece of equipment
is approved and the purchasing and acquisitions workflow launches to handle supplier choice, stock
levels and the like.
RESULTS
Before the solution was in place, expense requests involved a deceptively large amount of
administrative overhead. Between the initial request, identifying the available approver and their limit,
ensuring the cost centre had budget left and the correspondence and follow-ups between all parties,
each expenditure request was incurring a significant amount of administrative overhead.
In addition, budgets were often over- or under-spent as a result of inconsistent information. In some
cases unneeded purchases were made due to a failure in the approval process.
After the solution was put in place, administrative overhead for the process was reduced by 90% and
budget expenditures were in-line with what was predicted. Most importantly, nothing was ever
purchased that wasn't fully justified by a business stakeholder.


BENEFIT TO THE BUSINESS:
Smarter, more accurate spending for lower costs.
90% reduction in time spent on expense requests.


OTHER POTENTIAL WORKFLOWS WITHIN FINANCE: Hire Expenditure Process, Procurement and
Payment Management, Disputed Invoice Process, Financial Compliance Approval, Travel Request, etc.


                                                               Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                             Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                    E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
B. Human Resources Division – Employee On-Off Boarding


A large company could adopt an automated workflow solution for managing the processes incurred
when an employee joins or leaves their company.
Now, when a new employee joins their business, information is gathered from an electronic form that
Human Resources fill out. A workflow then notifies multiples branches of the company requesting
related work to be complete. Examples include requisitioning a new laptop, entering the employee on
the payroll and ordering the necessary uniform.
When the employee leaves, the process is essentially run in reverse.
Additionally, this solution passes information to other workflow solutions such as the company's
automated employee directory and their expenditure requests system.


RESULTS
The employee onboarding/off boarding solution showed a major financial benefit. It now costs the
company far less when they bring on a new employee or see one leave.
Before the workflow solution was used, all of the information regarding employees was stored in
disparate systems: some was held in the payroll system, some in network user accounts and some was
even in paper-based formats. The administrative overhead involved in making sure all of this critical
information was consistent was significant. The IT department also had to be involved to setup network
assets like hardware and login accounts. Complexity of the process could sometimes result in significant
delays within the employee onboarding process.
When an employee left, this whole process had to be carried out again in reverse.
Now, all of the relevant information is stored in a central location and then populates the disparate
systems automatically. Someone in the Human Resources department fills out one form, and the rest is
automated: the relevant company departments receive the notifications they require, the network
account is created automatically and the financial data's accuracy is assured.


BENEFIT TO THE BUSINESS
90% reduction of administrative effort and cost for all internal hires and departures, internationally.


OTHER POTENTIAL WORKFLOWS WITHIN HUMAN RESOURCES: Recruitment Process, Employee Review
/ Feedback, Leave Requests, Absence Manager Approval, Job Requisition, etc.




                                                                 Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                  Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                               Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                      E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
ONBOARDING WORKFLOW DESIGN (EXAMPLE)




                                                  Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                   Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                       E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
C. IT and Engineering Division – Service Desk


Charisma WorkFlow 2011 solution can be easily used to build an easy-to-use service desk solution for
any company’s IT department.
Employees log their support requests in a simple form, specifying details such as severity, department
and nature of the problem. When IT staff takes ownership of an incident, workflows are triggered that
start a sequence of reminders and notifications based on the severity of the issue.
Service Level Agreement metrics can be used to establish a baseline for the incident close-rate and a
workflow can automatically populate a report for managers to view performance ratings.


RESULTS
The Charisma Workflow 2011 solution is in the end not only simple and cost-effective, but can use
existing SharePoint technology and can happily live on the company’s Intranet.


BENEFIT TO THE BUSINESS
      Higher business efficiency through timely, reliable end-user support.
      Formal SLAs tracked with managerial reporting.


OTHER POTENTIAL WORKFLOWS WITHIN IT / ENGINEERING DIVISION: Project Budget Approval, Project
Issue Escalation, Project Team Site, Asset Tracking and Management, Create and AD Security User /
Group, Mail Enable Account, etc.




                                                              Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                               Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                            Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                   E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
D. Sales / Marketing Division – Marketing Plan Approval


Charisma WorkFlow 2011 solution can be easily used to automate the marketing plan creation and
approval process.
The process could start manually upon manager decision or could automatically start based on a
predefined schedule (quarterly, yearly, etc.). The initiator fills in the generated form and, following his
input, a list of automated tasks is generated for each business owner that needs to interact with the
system (budget owners, product managers, product marketing managers, sourcing, etc.).
The system automatically notifies each user towards expected action and tracks process evolution
versus predefined deadlines. It also generates notifications to users / managers, should any of the
deadlines be broken (or near to be broken).
Once the users deliver their input, the system can automatically assemble the final document and start
the approval submission process, by also generating the list of tasks for each responsible, should the
plan be approved.


RESULTS
Creation and submission of Marketing Plan duration could easily decrease significantly by also keeping
track of each deadline and required action within the process. It also ensures smooth process execution
and log of each required action and result.


BENEFIT TO THE BUSINESS
       Better transparency in the marketing plan submission process
       Avoiding delays and miscommunications within involved parties


OTHER POTENTIAL WORKFLOWS WITHIN SALES / MARKETING DIVISION: Vendor Creation Process,
Marketing Literature Creation and Publication Approval, Marketing Plan Execution, Lead Activity
Process, Special Offers / Campaigns Approval, Customer Credit Approval, Lead Management, etc.




                                                                Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                 Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                              Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                     E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
E. Compliance / Quality Assurance Division – Risk and Compliance Reporting


An international company implemented Workflow solution to ensure they met their risk and compliancy
requirements.
This risk & compliance solution is a combination of InfoPath forms and Charisma Workflow 2011. Each
month senior members of the management Team are required to submit a Compliance Report and/or
Risk Change Report to ensure the company meets their legal obligations. They submit the reports using
the forms and Charisma Workflow 2011 actions the data.
In the case of a breach of compliance or a change in the risk status a workflow process is kicked off and
the Compliance Manager is notified of a potential problem. SharePoint and InfoPath are used to meet
the UI and security requirements of the solution, while Charisma provides the workflow. The workflow
includes an approval process and updates the security settings of each item to maintain privacy.


RESULTS
Now that the solution is in place, the company is meeting their compliance and risk requirements much
more easily. Since all of their related processes are now managed automatically, every output meets
their standards.
This means that, in addition to saving time and money, their end product is of higher quality.


BENEFIT TO THE BUSINESS

       Less financial and legal risk to the company.
       Higher quality products produced.


OTHER POTENTIAL WORKFLOWS WITHIN COMPLIANCE / QUALITY ASSURANCE DIVISION: Document
Archival, Document Approval, Quality Management Compliance, Safety and Control Audit, etc.




                                                                   Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                    Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                                 Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                        E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
F. PR & Communication Division – Complain Management process


One large customer used a Charisma Workflow 2011 solution to streamline their tracking system for
complaints. The system is based around official complaints which would flow through various channels
of authorisation, throughout different levels of the organisation, whilst including any notes or change
requests for modifications.
The workflow could require different parallel input and authorisation actions from various respondents
within a specified deadline. Once the deadline is reached, inputs and authorisations would be collated
into a single notification to the Author. The key to this was that if not all respondents replied by the
deadline, the workflow needed to continue without stalling waiting for a response.
By using Charisma Workflow 2011, this complex SharePoint workflow task was recast and solved by a
very simple solution. Charisma Workflow 2011 provided an effective way to leverage the core
functionality of Workflows in SharePoint by using a simple yet extensive GUI to complete complex
requirements.


RESULTS
Before the company automated this business process, the government office suffered delays waiting for
authorisations and follow-ups. In addition, more man hours than they liked were spent on
administration and document management. Of course, customer satisfaction was a KPI that required
fast improvement.
 Now that the solution is in place, the company tracks its complaints and executes their responses in far
less time.


NET GAIN TO THE BUSINESS:
       faster authorizations, quicker business processes
       man-hours reinvested in key business activities
       significantly increased customer satisfaction


OTHER POTENTIAL WORKFLOWS WITHIN PR & COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION: Event management &
execution, Legal Papers tracking, Newsletter creation & dissemination, Internal Communications
Approval, etc.




                                                               Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                             Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                    E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
G. Administration & Office Management – Company Directory fill-in process


A large company used Charisma Workflow 2011 to populate their company directory and employee
details.
When an employee is first hired, an electronic form must be filled out by the human resources
department. Charisma Workflow 2011 pulls the pertinent information from the form and automatically
populates Active Directory with it, recording employee address, role, geographical location, phone
numbers and other fields.
This detailed, standardized information is then automatically synchronized with Outlook. In addition,
certain events within the company trigger prompts to employees to update their personal information
using the same automated process.
The company-wide address book within Outlook has since become the company directory - available to
every employee, whether offline or online - and maintaining an unbeatable accuracy rate.


RESULTS
Although it was helpful to be able to find everyone's contact details at a moment's notice, the real
benefit was having up-to-date employee records.
Because Active Directory becomes the "single truth" for staff information, more than one critical
business application benefitted from having improved employee records.
Having more complete, searchable information stored in the Active Directory user accounts also made it
possible to deploy other powerful workflows. An example of this is a workflow looking up an
employee's manager in order to direct their expense request to the appropriate approver.


BENEFIT TO THE BUSINESS:
      More effective internal communication
      More efficient business applications
      Significantly higher accuracy rate of directory data


OTHER POTENTIAL WORKFLOWS WITHIN ADMINISTRATION & OFFICE MANAGEMENT: office supplies
request, documents registration desk & submission process, office relocation request & approval, fax
sending automation, etc.




                                                               Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                             Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                    E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
VI.       Easy-to-use graphical interface and fast ROI

Charisma Workflow 2011 adds a drag-and-drop workflow designer, connectivity and advanced workflow
features to the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform. Business users and IT Professionals alike will be
empowered to quickly and easily automate business processes; from a simple leave approval request, to
complex integration across external applications and data sources.
Draw it, not code it:
         Intuitive easy to use, browser based drag and drop workflow designer
         Empower all SharePoint users to automate their own processes in minutes
Measure and manage:

         See real-time status of workflows
         Measure and improve business performance
Design once, use many:
         Reusable templates and modules
         Share and align business practices across teams
Built on SharePoint for SharePoint:
         Simple deployment and management, no client software required
         Protect your SharePoint investment
         No additional infrastructure costs
Rapid ROI:
         Efficiency gains and reduced processing costs
         Reduced IT burden




                                                                 Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                  Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                               Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                      E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
VII.       Interfacing - SAP integration for Charisma WorkFlow 2011

TotalSoft recognized many businesses face challenges integrating their Line of Business applications
across their enterprise. TotalSoft partner’s connectors combine Charisma Workflow 2011, SharePoint
and specific web parts to make automating business processes across SAP and other data silos easy and
cost-effective. The connectors allow solution architects, developers and even power users to combine
and reuse SAP business entities with user friendly workflows to quickly build and enhance SharePoint
based solutions.
RESULTS
Many customers were spending a lot of time and money trying to get SharePoint and SAP to talk to each
other. Some had even given up entirely and leaving the two systems completely isolated from one
another. This meant their business processes were often disjointed and one system could not leverage
the data from the other.
Now, connectors have cured the pain. Business processes can be managed in SharePoint with Charisma
Workflow 2011 and can use data held in SAP. Now, SAP can kick off business processes that are pushed
through to the user in SharePoint.
BUSINESS BENEFITS
          Lower cost of managing data between SAP and SharePoint
          Business processes fully streamlined across the enterprise: higher efficiency
          Better Quality Assurance through automated risk management




                                                                  Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                   Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                                Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                       E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro
VIII.        Contact

 Please feel free to contact us for any further additional information:




    Bogdan Ionuţ Popescu                                       Andreia Stavarache
        Sales Manager - BizApp                                 Sales Manager – Business Applications
        E:   bpopescu@totalsoft.ro                             E:    astavarache@totalsoft.ro
        M:   +40 745 183 506                                   M:    +40 720 999 278
        P:   +40 213 351 709                                   P:    +40 213 351 709
        F:   +40 213 351 712                                   F:    +40 213 351 712
        W:   www.totalsoft.ro                                  W:    www.totalsoft.ro




                                                                 Global City Business Park, Str. Bucuresti - Nord, nr. 10,
                                                                  Cladirea O2, Etaj 8, 077190, Bucuresti-Ilfov, Romania
                                                               Tel: +40-21-335.17.09; 335.17.10; Fax: 40-21-335.17.12
                                                      E-mail: office@totalsoft.ro; Web: www.totalsoft.ro; www.charisma.ro

				
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Description: Charisma Workflows software enables organizations of any size to quickly build complex processes whether by accessing a Web browser interface or directly in the client system of the back-office user.