ITIL Process Map for Microsoft Visio and iGrafx: Excel Repository
It removes some of the shortcomings which are associated with using Microsoft Visio™ or iGrafx® Flowcharter™ as a tool for managing business processes - as compared to dedicated Process Management platforms.
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Introduction: The ITIL Process Map's Excel Repository
The ITIL Process Map's Excel® Repository is a central place where to store and manage all descriptive information and link data for the Process, Data Object and Role shapes which are used throughout the various process diagrams.
For example, the Excel Repository contains a worksheet named "Processes", where you will find one row for each process defined in the ITIL Process Map. Each row contains a number of cells which hold the processes' unique IDs, their names, objectives, assignments to a main process, reference tag, and link information. The Repository Feature reads this information from the Excel worksheet and writes it into the Visio shapes - you can see it when looking at the shapes' "Custom Properties" or "Shape Data".
A custom Visio add-in allows you to pick entries from the Repository and load the corresponding data into a shape's attributes, or to refresh one or several selected shapes' data with a single mouse-click after data in the Repository has changed.
Like the Visio process models themselves, the Excel Repository is customizable to your own organization's needs. For example, you can change existing data, or add completely new entries.
Live Demo: Usage Examples
The best way to quickly understand the advantages of our ITIL Excel Repository Feature is to see it in action.
Start a video with examples on how to use the ITIL Process Map within your ITIL initiative [5 min.].
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