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iGroupDecision – decision making irrespective of participants’ location

  • About CRFCAPL Sibiu:

    Centrul Regional de Formare Continua pentru Administratia Publica Locala (CRFCAPL) Sibiu has as main activities: organize the continuously perfectioning programme with short time duration (max. 3 months); elaboration of studies, projects and publications in Public Administration field;
    developemnt of collaboration relationships with other institutions from Public Administration fields in Romania or abroad.
    Furthe info at: www.cadmpub.ro

  • About Ropardo S.R.L.:

    Ropardo is an IT group with solid turnover and over 50 skilled employees. Innovation, Quality, On-time Delivery have been our constant objectives.
    Our main expertise is in: software development, implementation of complex software solutions and maintenance of software/IT systems.
    We provide the following in various industries: app and system development, business apps – ERP / CRM, web apps and e-business / eCommerce, software reengineering, software testing, maintenance and support.
    Further info at: www.ropardo.ro

LEVEL of SERVICES

SOFTWARE CONSULTING

Requirements management
System analysis
Risk analysis
Process management

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Architecture design
Software implementation

TESTING QUALITY

Load/Performance testing

  • Outsourcing to Ropardo

    • Quality custom software development
    • End -user satisfaction
    • Short time to market
    • Quantifiable value
    • Guaranteed performance level
    • Reduced and controlled costs
    • Managed risks
    • Good value-for-money
    • Flexibility

“iGroupDecision was installed with success in the forecasted time and costs and it is now used naturally by our staff.”

Challenge

The following issues often interfered with the decision-making process within “Centrul regional de formare continua pentru Administratia Publica locala” (CRFCAPL) Sibiu:

  • decisional staff can hardly be gathered all at the same time
  • lack of time – a decision-making meeting almost always turns into long discussions
  • diverse proposals and debates often postpone important decisions

iGroupDecision had to resolve the following issues:

  • efficient communication between the institution departments
  • increase attendance percentage at different meetings
  • improve communication between new or existing staff
  • decrease the time needed for making decisions within meetings

Solution by Ropardo: iGroupDecision

iGroupDecision helps institutions make decisions with all the decision makers’ participation, irrespective of they are located, thus shortening the time needed for a certain decision.

The iGroupDecision system is based on the shared plans theory.

iGroupDecision is a software platform for business process management, electronic decision support, and collaboration. The solution designed to be a collaborative decision-making support system with safety, utility, efficiency, effectiveness, and usability was installed with success and used naturally by all staff.

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The basic ideas that guided the iGroupDecision were also the main problems of CRFCAPL: human collaboration, remove the common communication barriers, remove time, space and geographical limitations.

iGroupDecision received the ICT Prize Nominee in 2007

iGroupDecision Tools

iGroupDecision supports the following meeting steps:

  • Plan – custom interactive agenda creation with topics and subtopics
  • Generate Ideas – brainstorming tool for fast idea generation (be it attributed or anonymous)
  • Converge – categorizing tool for organizing and synthesizing ideas
  • Prioritize – sophisticated voting tool for prioritizing, decision making and consensus building
  • Document – report and export tools for documentation, communication and further collaboration

Technologies

iGroupDecision is made up of three components: a server, a client, and a collaborative platform.

  • The iGroupDecision server is built on Java technology
  • The iGroupDecision client is a Java web application – web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, etc.), and communicating with the server via Web Services.
  • SQL database – any of: Postgre, MySQL, SQL Server
  • Integration: The server can be integrated with a collaborative platform – i.e. Lotus Notes with the Domino Server – for collaborative services i.e. – system users, email notification, calendar (user availability for a meeting)
  • Workflow: system provide workflow engine based on jBPM
  • J2EE : the entire solution is built using J2EE technology
  • Environment: the system can run with any J2EE server

Benefits

  • increased efficiency, due to the speed and quality of information processing and transmission
  • improved quality; time, space, and geographical limitations-independence – removal of common communication barriers, systematically directing the pattern, timing, and content of discussion, and providing techniques for structuring decision analysis;
  • avoidance of the conflict-provoking behaviors of positional bargaining;
  • more objective evaluation: groups are better at catching errors than are the individuals who proposed ideas;
  • synergy and social inclusion
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