Product Rationale: A common-sense approach to a common set of problems
ActiveNexusTM is the product of asking a handful of questions, all of which are straight-forward on their face but have had profound
implications on product design:
What if... we could pull together the top 10% of the most useful features from top software packages addressing Corporate
Governance, Business Intelligence, Portal Management, Service Level Management, Corporate Performance Management, Risk Management,
Compliance Management, Process Management, and Project Management and integrate them into one comprehensive, consistent, and user-friendly experience?
What if...we could make it possible, in one product, to go from strategy, to planning, to managing the implementation process, to
tracking individual and team tasks and accountabilities, to monitoring process outcomes, to measuring results, to reporting and disclosing
to stakeholders, to diagnosing root causes and developing solutions... all under one intuitive umbrella?
What if... we made it so easy to use that everyone would actually want to use it? And, in the process, gave our
customers a powerful way of building transparently and trust with their stakeholders by making it possible to vet actions and communicate
results in real-time and all of the time?
What if... we based it on familiar things like org charts and simple-to-use spreadsheets so that it would not present yet another daunting
learning and training challenge?
What if... we made it easy and economical to implement by heavily leveraging the information assets that most organizations already
have, like spreadsheets containing key business rules, basic project plans, and HR and payroll systems, in the form that they
are already in?
What if... we minimized the risk and cost of adopting ActiveNexusTM by offering it as a fully hosted subscription, while giving customers
the option of a more traditional licensing model?
The design implications of these questions, coupled with the use of best-of-breed User Interface (UI) and Enterprise Application Integration
(EAI) technology, mean that ActiveNexusTM presents a refreshingly uncomplicated approach to dealing with the strategic and tactical (common
as well as critical) governance and management challenges facing most organizations today.
After all, shouldn't technology be all about simplification?