May 16, 2002

Rockefeller Foundation Launches BPM Software to Digitize Decision Making

Metastorm e-Work™ software in sync with Foundation's global knowledge base

Severna Park, MD - The Rockefeller Foundation has deployed e-Work(tm), Metastorm's Business Process Management (BPM) software. With the technology the Foundation is moving away from paper-based processes and decision making, toward a digital system that helps it focus on its mission of granting nearly $200 million a year to constituent programs.

One e-Work application lets any of the 250 staff in seven worldwide offices complete a comprehensive leave form, then use the Web and corporate intranet to automatically update the human resources system to deduct time from vacation and leave accounts following manager approval. Options for rejecting the request or asking for clarification are part of the interface.

"e-Work enhances our capability to rapidly respond and resolve the hundreds of monthly requests for information and decisions that originate internally and externally," said Fernando Mola-Davis, chief technology officer of The Rockefeller Foundation. "The e-Work system is in sync with our new Intranet and also with the stated direction of being a knowledge-based, global foundation," he added.

Rockefeller intends to deploy one new e-Work application per month for the next several months. Other processes due for automation are requests for travel and for facility usage.

As a BPM technology, e-Work automates the people-intensive and paper-based processes that divert employees from their higher-value activities. Many human resources and finance department processes are suitable for this type of technology, which offers a higher level of automation by extending the traditional point-to-point connectivity of packaged, departmental applications.

"e-Work is a practical tool that rises above its inherent cost-savings benefit to where an organization can better manage decision making," said Metastorm CEO Avi Hoffer. "The Rockefeller Foundation is our nation's premiere agent of change for disadvantaged people the world-over and Metastorm is pleased that we can be a small part of its high tech, high touch environment."

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The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based, global foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world. The Foundation, endowed by John D. Rockefeller and chartered in 1913, seeks to identify, and address at their source, the causes of human suffering and need.

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