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Marquis Broadcast Announces Availability of V3 Operal Process Analysis and Documentation System at IBC 2007

New Modelling Toolset Provides Multiple Process Simulation for Digital Broadcasting Workflows (September 04, 2007)

DMN Newswire--2007-9-4--Marquis Broadcast, specialist in broadcast workflow studies and software integration solutions, will begin shipping a new version of its popular Operal process design and documentation system during IBC 2007 at booth 2.148. Operal V3.0 contains a range of new and enhanced features including a powerful new set of features that allows broadcasters to design, simulate and measure productivity for new digital workflows prior to implementation.

"Many digital processes fail to deliver promised levels of efficiency and return on investment, which means broadcasters are frequently left with big compromises on their original objectives," said Granby Patrick, Partner Director, Marquis Broadcast. "Whilst there are undoubtedly several factors involved, inadequate planning, rushed implementation and a lack of focus on the vital interaction between operators and the technology, are usually to blame in one form or another. Operal V3 employs comprehensive methodology analysis tools, enabling broadcasters to design processes and analyse how their proposed digital workflows will operate to ensure maximum efficiencies are achieved."

Operal V3 features detailed mathematical process simulation and modelling with a graphics-based task analysis tool that provides full graphical representation of multiple high level processes. Broadcasters can run real-time operational simulations of proposed digital workflows, and generate a system process map to which various scenarios can be applied based on resource allocation and workflow design. Operal V3 will perform the simulation over a given time period to calculate throughput and loading. These results are displayed graphically to allow the user to track performance during the study period. Potential problems or areas where productivity is reduced because of overloaded components, operational bottlenecks or under-utilised tools and resources, are highlighted. Adjustments can be made accordingly to ensure the optimum performance levels are identified.

A task timeline is also included in V3.0 that covers all details of activities, inputs and processes for each workflow. This provides easy identification of operator levels and tools, including hardware, software and networks, along with descriptions of each resource's availability and capabilities, including for example, encoding rates and bandwidths.

Other new features for Operal V3.0 include: a new user interface, designed to give operators easier access to functions; support for distributed architectures with fully featured clients able to operate across local or remote networks, and across internet connections via web services; and the ability to generate internal process documentation using a mixture of standard and custom designed reports.

Operal V3 will be available from 7 September 2007 direct from Marquis Broadcast and its international network of business partners. For existing Operal users, Marquis provides an easy upgrade path which enables the new software to be implemented without interruption to ongoing projects. Existing databases can be easily imported.

About Marquis Broadcast
Founded in 1999, Marquis is a leading specialist in the identification, design and implementation of new workflow practices in the broadcasting industry, and has been instrumental in the redesign of hundreds of television centres and newsrooms worldwide. Marquis is also a developer of project management and systems integration solutions that enable broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes. Although broadcasting continues to form its core business, Marquis software and services are designed for all IT-based processes.

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