The Story behind Signavio

Our company name comes from the Italian word “Segnavia”, meaning signpost. In 2009 we used the meaning of this word to create Signavio. Today our software serves as a signpost through the daily workflows of over 800 customers.

Process Management as a Team – Web 2.0 technology

Knowledge about a process is usually divided between several different people and often just passed on verbally or documented in Excel®. In the worst cases, this information is not communicated with other people at all. Who is responsible for each step in the process? What risks are involved in everyday tasks? What decisions do I have to make under which conditions?

A process model provides you with the answers to all of these questions. Its structure is similar to that of a road map; you can trace the journey from start to finish with your fingertip and discuss the individual parts of the route and the different crossings as you come to them. Where are there misunderstandings? What still needs working on?

However these kinds of models are often only created and studied by the modeling experts or the process managers, rather than by the employees that are actually involved in the process. However four students at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam thought that everyone should be able to play their part. They began a research project with the aim of creating a modeling tool that captured the collaborative functions of Web 2.0. The prototype of the current Signavio software appeared in 2006 and in 2009 the team of students founded the Signavio company. With the Signavio Process Editor they introduced the first completely web-based collaborative BPM software program. The tool enables something that also works very well in Wikipedia, social media and information platforms – working collaboratively. Signavio makes it possible to work on process management as a team, so that everyone can get involved and share their expertise incredibly easily.

From Startup to Global Player – Signavio today

The Signavio Process Editor makes it possible for all employees to get actively involved in process management and creates a backbone within the organization. This notion comes into play across all types of companies and industries; something that Signavio’s international success clearly demonstrates. In order to keep up with increasing demand and serve customers all over the world in the best way possible, the company founded two subsidiary branches; one in Sunnyvale, California in 2012 and another in Singapore in 2013. Today, Signavio boasts more than 100 employees worldwide – a number that is constantly on the rise.

The increasing number of resources and the potential for development allows Signavio to constantly expand the range of products we have to offer and to maintain the highest level of technology within our software solutions. The concept of collaborative work also plays a crucial role in the development of the Signavio Decision Manager and Signavio Workflow. This enables simple access for specialized users and provides uncomplicated ways of coordinating and securing the knowledge of many people in one platform – something typical of Signavio.

It doesn’t matter whether you want to record processes, manage your business decisions consistently, or if you’re striving to simulate your existing processes. With Signavio your employees become your key to success.