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ProcGap leverages reusable requirements and consistent business processes to help clients significantly reduce the design-build-test cycle.
Software development teams are often required to quickly grasp client requirements and map them to domain-specific business processes and country-specific requirements.
Business analysts often want to know: Which aspects of the business process models are relevant to a given client project? Are the project requirements complete or are there gaps? Is there a way to automate the process of mapping client requirements to business processes, localization requirements and to reuse artifacts such as code, reports, forms and implementation best practices? How can we reuse client requirements and country-specific information across projects? Are there contingencies that need to be factored in? How much will the project cost?
The process of reusing artifacts and identifying relevant business process elements (residing in multiple formats across industries) for a specific project has traditionally been a manual and time-consuming activity. More often than not, it has resulted in scheduling risks, inefficiencies and downstream defects. There is, indeed, a need to significantly reduce the “design-build-test” cycle by automating the reuse of requirements and consistent business processes across projects when addressing client requirements.
Accenture’s R&D organization, Accenture Technology Labs, collaborated with business colleagues to develop the Process Model Requirements Gap Analyzer, a tool that combines natural language processing, information retrieval techniques, and semantic reasoning for automatically mapping client requirements to business process models and creating artifacts such as project scope, estimates and mapped as well as unmapped requirements.
The ProcGap analyzer helps business analysts who are working on complex applications such as SAP to compress the design-build-test cycle and develop a superior solution for clients. It does this by leveraging a central corporate repository of business process models, accumulated over several years of consulting experience across various industries.
These models span different regulatory regimes and countries, and let business analysts compare and map client requirements to the central process model database through an intuitive user interface. This interface employs intelligent, automated mapping algorithms to come up with accurate project cost and effort estimates.
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