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Chesham, United Kingdom, 2006/01/11 - Procession, the specialist software developer, is extending its systems at UK Sport with two significant changes made to their existing Grant Management System..
The first change relates to a recent decision by UK Sport regarding its policy on funding Athlete Personal Awards that will now see significant changes in the way that UK Sport calculates the amount of money an athlete can receive. The second change relates to enhancements to UK Sport’s system to accommodate the recent Government announcement that UK Sport will be taking over responsibility from Sport England for funding younger athletes as from April 2006.
In addition, at the same time, UK Sport is working closely with Procession at looking to rationalise its internal processes to have a centralised application process that can manage all of its processes in the same manner.
David Chassels, CEO at Procession, commented: "We are delighted to be involved again in helping UK Sport to achieve their business goals - and so enhance British athletes' chances of achieving success in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics."
In April 2001, UK Sport selected Procession's E-PROCESS SUITE to handle awards of Lottery funding. At the time, Liz Nicholl, UK Sport's Director of Performance Services commented: "We chose Procession because of its flexibility.
"We need to be able to introduce and modify processes very rapidly - and we liked the friendliness of Procession's software," she added.
"We were also impressed by the quality of Procession's Professional Services. Procession's consultants have really become part of our team."
Chassels added: "This is a good example of the Procession software supporting - at a business level - an organisation's day-to-day activities to ensure that these activities operate efficiently and effectively. The fact that our software handles complex changes and new requirements - including assessing, monitoring and paying recipients of Lottery funding quickly and efficiently - has helped UK Sport to continually improve its operations, minimising the cost of administration in the process."
About Procession's recent order from UK Sport
The Potential programme is currently administered by Sport England and focuses on funding younger athletes who could have the potential to compete at an Olympic/World Championship level. The Potential programme sits below the World Class Performance Programme, which is currently run by UK Sport.
In September 2005, the Secretary of State announced that UK Sport would take responsibility for managing the Performance Pathway with affect from 1st April 2006. The Performance Pathway consists of the World Class Potential Programme, which is currently run by Sport England and the World Class Performance Programme, which is already managed by UK Sport.
Procession is a UK-based and owned company that has developed original and innovative software in Task Orientated Applications (TOA). This TOA approach represents a dynamic alternative to pre-built and/or custom hard-coded applications and represents a paradigm shift in Business Software Development.
In effect, Procession has created a highly customisable ‘generic’ application and has, in one single technology, moved beyond the beyond the concepts of BPM and SOA to a new enabling ‘platform’ technology to build solutions in its Process Application Platform.
Procession is a complete and comprehensive application platform. In a single technology, it combines data-centricity, BPM, workflow, rules, state, data manipulation, business intelligence and application platform. Procession has it own presentation layer and built-in message queue for external systems. The recent completion of an extension to Dreamweaver, linking to Procession’s tag library in its presentation layer, now deskills and speeds up the build of working web forms as the user interface.
In the words of market analysts the Butler Group, Procession's unique, user-friendly technology “removes the disconnect between requirement and implementation”. It also enables strategic processes to be built as working applications at 20 to 30 per cent of the cost of traditional methods.
These systems can be added to or modified easily, giving unrivalled ‘agility’. They can also provide management information in real-time to support dynamic Performance Management with guaranteed compliance, as required.
Procession’s TOA uses an RDBMS (Oracle), along with Java and J2EE application servers and maintains a runtime repository of process data, process state and reference data. The Procession Process Engine uses declarative process definition. There is no code generation and no custom coding. This unique feature means that business analysts and operational managers who understand the vital operational processes can implement and modify those processes. In practice, Procession has cracked the code for the closed loop linking business and IT - a still sought-after goal by some of the world’s largest software technology companies.
David Chassels, Procession: +44 1494 781 444 ; +44 (0)7774 681773 (cell)