Proforma UK Ltd - About Us


BPM Blogs

The Forrester Blogs
- Business Architecture
- Enterprise Architecture

Gartner Blog Network
- Jim Sinur
- Dave McCoy

Other BPM Blogs
- Mark McGregor _______________________________


BPM Keywords

- OpenText ProVision
- OpenText MBPM
- ProjecTools EPCI Suite
- Business Architecture
- System Architecture
- Enterprise Architecture
- Process Management
- Process Automation
- Process Modelling
- Process Improvement
- Process Analysis
- Process Simulation
- Corporate Transition
- Zachman
- Lean
- Six Sigma
- Lean Six Sigma
- Sarbanes Oxley
- CMMI _______________________________

OpenText ProVision - People communicating

Proforma UK Ltd (and its predecessors Winsoft Business Solutions Ltd and Proforma EMEA Ltd) have worked in the enterprise architecture and business process improvement worlds since 1998, helping organisations transform the way in which they operate.

For nearly a decade, Proforma UK Ltd were the Master Europe, Middle East and Africa Representative for the ProVision EA/BPA modelling tool, originally developed by Proforma Corp.

Proforma Corp. and the ProVision product were acquired by Metastorm Inc. in 2007 to complement their process/workflow automation tool, Metastorm BPM. In 2011, OpenText Corp. acquired Metastorm Inc. and now own the ProVision EA/BPA and MBPM (re-badged from Metastorm BPM) tools.

In September 2013, Proforma UK Ltd. and ProjecTools Inc. (developers of SaaS integrated EPCI Project Management software) signed a Partnerhip Agreement allocating Proforma the UK, European and Nordic territories. Proforma has found in ProjecTools an excellent example of an automated, collaborative, process automation tool for EPCI Project Management.

Proforma UK Ltd provide full support services for the ProjecTools EPCI Suite and the OpenText ProVision Enterprise Architecture modelling tool (i.e. software sales, training and consultancy) helping organisations survive and grow through ...

  • providing a style and discipline for Enterprise Architecture and process workflow modelling.
  • information capture, agreement, analysis, simulation and reporting.
  • enabling business and technical collaboration.
  • improving the business, its architectures, its systems and its processes.

The business community is having to manage the effects of the recession and prepare for an economic up-turn, so understanding where we are now and visualising where we need to be at points in the future is essential for current survival and ongoing growth.

Conducting an enterprise architecture and process modelling exercise must be completed quickly. Time is of the essence - taking too long acquiring, processing and acting on this information will result in the world moving on while we're all still drawing diagrams. The only practical way of modelling, architecting, simulating and analysing an organisation in a timely fashion is to use object-oriented, repository-based Enterprise Architecture and Business Process Modelling software, and to employ the latest modelling techniques allied with appropriate industry-standard modelling frameworks ...

... and, of course, to retain the services of people who are experts in this dark-art and therefore equipped to produce results in the form of quickly-generated, accurate, unambiguous, consistent, executable, maintainable and easily understood business models (diagrams). We believe that without models of this calibre it is significantly more difficult to create, agree and implement new business structures.

However, obtaining the budget for an improvement programme in the first place requires justification. The process simulation tools within OpenText ProVision, both Monte Carlo and Discrete Event, provide an excellent means of understanding the As-is model and 'proving' the efficacy of the proposed To-be model(s). Comparing the simulation results of these before and after states provides the numerical 'proof' in terms of time, cost, resource utilisation etc. required for a business-case that will justify a process improvement and corporate transition programme.

Some Observations on Simplicity

"The cheapest, fastest and most reliable components are those that aren't there."
Gordon Bell – b 1934, computer engineer

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – b 1900, author, aviator, adventurer

"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken."
Warren Buffet – b 1930, business magnate, investor, philanthropist

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
Albert Einstein - b 1879, scientist

"All that is good is simple and all that is simple is good."
Mikhail Kalashnikov – b 1919, army officer, small arms designer

"If what you're designing doesn't turn out to be elegant or beautiful in some way, you're probably going down the wrong track."
Buckminster Fuller – b 1895, architect, engineer, author, designer, inventor and futurist

"There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong."
H. L. Mencken – b 1880, journalist, satirist

Acknowledgements and Credits

OpenText Corp. - ProVision EA screen-shots and Guided Tour models. Proforma UK Ltd is an OpenText Partner.

ProjecTools Inc. - ProjecTools screen-shots. Proforma UK Ltd is a ProjecTools Partner.

Zachman International - John Zachman's Framework.

George A. Miller - "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information."

Pictori Web Design - website development.

Ever Eden Design - web graphics.

Favicon - favicon generator and gallery.

Lede - technical support.

Mark McGregor - guru and friend.

Consultancy, training and product services for ProjecTools EPCI Suite and OpenText ProVision - Business Architecture, Enterprise Architecture, Process Analysis, Process Modelling, Process Improvement, Process Management, Process Simulation and Corporate Transition - BPM - BPMN - EA - Zachman - UML - TOGAF - Lean - Six Sigma - Lean Six Sigma - SOA - ITIL - Sarbanes Oxley - NGOSS / eTOM - RACI / RASCI - CMMI