Charter Communications to transform construction workflow processes, capital tracking to cloud

IBM (NYSE: IBM) said that Charter Communications, Inc. is implementing its rules-based construction workflow and tracking system in the cloud.

Based on a proof of concept in an early adopter program, Charter said it intends to implement IBM Operational Decision Manager (ODM) on Cloud hosted on IBM SoftLayer into full production now that the service is generally available.

In the proof of concept, the IBM ODM on Cloud offering allowed Charter Communications to provide employees with the ability to track construction progress while behind the scenes accounting for the various categories of plant assets added or removed. Charter plans to implement a number of additional decision services using IBM ODM on the Cloud for complex workflow routing, work assignment, job costing, ROI calculations, and project accounting.

IBM ODM on Cloud is a collaborative, role-based cloud service to capture, automate, and manage frequently occurring, repeatable rules-based business decisions. Businesses like Charter Communications can be up and running on ODM on Cloud within 48 hours from purchase to use and its natural language interface makes it easy to use by business analysts without requiring IT or programming support.

Teknovare Inc., a Denver, Colorado based advanced IBM Business Partner specializing in developing decision support systems and business rules management systems, is leading the effort to help Charter design and implement a new construction workflow management system, named CenterPointe. At its core, CenterPointe is a Business Process Management System in which operational decision management plays a big role.