The real cost of a process modeling is not the cost of the modeling tool, but the costs required to create and maintain models. SemTalk adds a built-in database to the graphical capabilities of Visio without limiting the user's ability to use desired Visio Stencil shapes. This improves the quality of the diagrams. Reusability, maintenance, and reporting is significantly improved. Renaming an object on one page will rename the same object on all pages. The Visio user interface can be simplified so that learning effort is reduced.
Even in corporations that already have a 'standard' for business process modeling, most process experts still use PowerPoint, Excel or Visio to create flow charts. 'Professional' tools are often only used by IT specialists or external consultants. With SemTalk, departmental process experts are able to access a fully functional, easy-to-use tool that is compatible with the other highly technical tools used by the IT specialists. This improves communication between the business and IT and it leads to more successful improvement strategies.
SemTalk is being used most often to document processes for quality management and in the introduction of new ERP software. Project results are usually published as HTML in the intranet.
Other Visio-based process modeling tools usually only implement one fixed modeling method. With SemTalk you have much more flexibility. Existing methods can easily be extended by the addition of existing Visio components or they can be built completely from scratch. Consulting firms match requirements to the unique needs of their customers. Users can develop their own notations without any additional programming.
Semantic Web is world wide web founder Tim Berners-Lee's idea for how to build a new machine readable Internet as an extension to the current text-based Internet. Some of this data is is used to represent knowledge models ('Ontologies'), which are represented using a W3C recommendation named 'OWL'. SemTalk reads and writes OWL files. All knowledge which is available on the Semantic Web can be used for process models.