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Skelta gives a sneak preview of Aquila, the next generation BPM and Workflow product.

September 30, 2005 - Skelta Software announced today that research and development efforts for Skelta Workflow.NET's next version, code-named “Aquila” are underway. With its extensive feature sets, Aquila is designed to be an end-to-end completely web-based enterprise BPM solution. The Aquila release promises to encompass the entire range of BPM functionalities including process modeling with advanced simulation, what-if analysis, and adaptive routing.

Skelta Workflow.NET is built entirely on Microsoft's .NET technology and features high integration capabilities with Microsoft products like SharePoint Server/Services, InfoPath, BizTalk Server and Content Management Server. Skelta's CEO, Sanjay Shah said, "Being an early adopter of new Microsoft technologies is a cornerstone of our technology strategy. We hope to leverage on the Windows Workflow Foundation architecture to deliver an even more flexible and robust workflow framework. Working on Windows Workflow Foundation will allow us to focus more effectively on expanding our product suite to an end-to-end BPM solution. For instance, we will now be able to provide new functionality such as Simulation, Live Debugging, Rich Analysis tools, and complete support for web, win forms and mobile devices. Skelta is probably the only vendor who will continue to provide tools for developers and ISVs, for rapid integration of workflow in their applications, as well as Enterprise Customers looking for ready-to-go, enterprise-class BPM functionalities to enable information workers to design, participate and analyze workflows on a continuous basis. All this on Windows Workflow Foundation as a core platform.”

Explaining Skelta’s strategy and response to Windows Workflow Foundation, Mr. Shah said, “We see Windows Workflow Foundation as an exciting opportunity to extend our product to the rest of the BPM space. WWF will allow us to focus more on providing value-added BPM features rather then core platform needs.”

Seeking to dispel developer concerns that Skelta will no longer be available as a workflow development framework when WWF is released, Mr. Shah said, “Our research into WWF has given us sufficient reasons to believe that WWF would increase rather than diminish our relevance as a provider of workflow development components. Although WWF does offer core OS level workflow features, it does require considerable development efforts to make available sophisticated workflow features to information workers. With Aquila, Skelta will continue to address developer needs for a readily deployable workflow framework. Aquila, like Skelta Workflow.NET will also be available both as a Rapid Process Integration Framework for ISVs and solution developers and as an Enterprise BPM suite for enterprise customers. “

According to Skelta’s CEO, Aquila’s release is planned to coincide with the release of Windows Workflow Foundation. Existing customers of Skelta would be provided a complete migration path to seamlessly transition to Aquila. Skelta is also expected to announce new licensing models for ISV’s/solution developers of Aquila.

Skelta, which has workflow solutions that readily integrate with SharePoint, Content Management Server and other Microsoft products, would extend this integration to Aquila. Aquila would offer complete support for Office 12, including InfoPath Server.

About Skelta Software

Skelta Software is an innovative software product company specializing in enterprise-wide Business Process Management (BPM) workflow software solutions for small to large-sized businesses worldwide. Its flagship product, Skelta Workflow.NET 2004 is a BPM workflow software that is built on cutting-edge Microsoft .NET, XML, and Web services technologies. It is also the world's first embeddable workflow engine. Skelta enables business users and developers to design and deploy workflow applications using software tools with which they are already familiar. In addition, Skelta enables businesses to leverage on their existing investments in Microsoft technologies such as InfoPath, BizTalk Server, and SharePoint

Skelta will continue to make announcements as development progresses on Aquila. More information on Aquila is available at www.skelta.com

For Media enquiries, contact:
Kalpa Shah, VP - Marketing
Tel: 91 (80) 2552-2996
email:
publicrelations@skelta.com

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