Slipstream: The Ministerial Workflow Solution.

What is Slipstream?

Features at a glance

A Powerful Workflow Engine

At the heart of Slipstream lies a powerful workflow engine, purpose-built for the task of managing Ministerial business. The workflow engine allows authorised users to create and modify the business processes according to individual requirements or departmental best-practice.

In defining the business process for each type of ministerial item, users can specify rules regarding item metadata; best-practice and ‘secondary’ process flows; and security restrictions.

User-Friendly Interface

A powerful workflow engine is nothing without an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, and Slipstream provides just that. The interface is the result of extensive user consultation and useability testing. The design helps to guide casual users through the various processes, whilst providing everyday users with the ability to power through their work.

Directory Services

A critical component of Slipstream is the Corporate Directory. The directory has been designed to operate as both a stand-alone application, and as a provider of directory services to Slipstream. It is the repository of valuable organisational and security information, and through its open API allows seamless integration with Slipstream or other corporate applications if required.

Document Management

Slipstream contains a fully-integrated, independent document management system. The EDMS is built on XML technology, and supports document metadata, versioning etc. Interactions with the EDMS are fully controlled by Slipstream, meaning that end-users do not need to learn how to operate yet another product.

However, Slipstream was built with the needs of all users in mind: alternative EDMS systems can be easily integrated into Slipstream if required.

Scanning

Eliminating the need to physically move around paper correspondence and briefing material is a goal of Slipstream. This goal is supported through the provision of integrated scanning capabilities.

Incoming correspondence or other material can be scanned at any point in the business process, either as a batch of items, or as a single item attached to a Ministerial. Ministerial items can have any number of attachments, either scanned documents, Microsoft Word documents or any other file types. All items are stored within the EDMS.

Slipstream’s scanning module manages the entire scanning process, from the scanning of batches to the process of attaching images to ministerial items.

Document Creation

An important feature of Slipstream is its ability to quickly generate ministerial documents (such as responses to correspondence). Slipstream works with your existing ministerial templates to generate Word documents with a minimum of fuss. All appropriate item metadata is automatically populated within each new document, and all EDMS operations take place without any user intervention.

One great feature of the Slipstream document module is the Standard Paragraph feature, which allows users to insert a set of standardised, approved text directly into the document. Each division with the organisation can have their own set of standard paragraphs.

Reporting

Slipstream comes complete with powerful reporting capabilities. There are over thirty reports that provide multiple views into the status of work within the department. For example, there are high-level at-a-glance reports that provide a quick précis of the status of work, and there are others that provide in-depth detail of the performance of the various organisational units.

Slipstream can produce reports in a variety of formats.

Slipstream Management Tools

The Slipstream Management Tools provide all the administrative functions of the system. The main targets for these functions will be the ‘power’ user group—mostly located within the Ministerial Management units.

Functions include the administration of correspondence campaigns, access to the audit logs, and maintenance of the business workflows. The management tools run as a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in.