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Iowa Workforce Development Modernizes with iRise Visualization

iRise®, the world’s leading visualization solutions company, today announced that the Iowa Workforce Development (IWD), a state agency that links job placement and skill development into a system of lifelong learning and opportunity, has leveraged iRise on a $20 million project to modernize the state tax system for unemployment insurance. The new Web-based application replaces a legacy mainframe system and is designed to help employers, accountants and payroll firms manage unemployment insurance tax accounts. The new system also gives internal IWD employees an easier way to access and manage the unemployment insurance tax system.

“iRise visualization solves the fundamental disconnect that can happen between business and IT,” stated Erich Grubert, Business Project Director at IWD. “The static text documents and screen shots we used before iRise caused delays and confusion on critical modernization efforts. Now we can get everyone on the same page quickly and virtually eliminate reworking the solution once it’s coded, saving us time and money.”

The Iowa unemployment insurance tax system is a software application that employers and third party providers use to manage their unemployment insurance accounts. The system gives users the ability to provide wage information, make payments and make adjustments to their accounts. Internal IWD employees use the system for functions like accounting, auditing, collections activity and CRM workflow. The legacy version of the application was mainframe based, making it difficult to use and expensive to support.

The new Web-based application was visualized prior to development by management analysts at IWD, who created high fidelity designs using iRise and then shared the working, interactive mock-ups with business stakeholders and users to gain better understanding of system requirements.

“Government agencies at all levels are embarking on massive modernization efforts in order to improve citizen access and streamline operations,” said Mitch Bishop, CMO at iRise. “Visualization is a proven, powerful ally in ensuring these projects deliver the necessary results with a minimum of cost and time.”

Software Visualization – The Ultimate Change Agent

iRise visualization software gives business and IT leaders a powerful way to “move the needle” and cost-effectively drive change in their organizations. iRise is the only enterprise grade, real-time collaborative software definition platform on the market today. By enabling global organizations to “test drive” and fully experience critical business systems early in the process, iRise is now an essential strategy to modernize their systems, consolidate applications, cut cost, accelerate delivery and leverage global sourcing partnerships without the usual confusion and risk.

With thousands of projects completed successfully, the value of visualization has proven to be enormous for businesses in highly competitive markets:

  • Get to market twice as fast;
  • Eliminate 30% of project cost;
  • Ensure success of global sourcing strategies; and,
  • Dramatically improve customer experience

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for iRise starts at $6,995 for iRise Professional Edition; a standalone version of the popular team-based iRise Enterprise Edition. Mid-market pricing is also available for smaller companies. iRise Professional Edition is available for free 30 day trial by clicking here: http://www.irise.com/.

To speed adoption, free iRise eLearning is available from the iRise Website. For more information, click on: http://www.irise.com/services/training_elearning.php.

About iRise

iRise is the world’s leading provider of visualization software for business applications. Visualization has become a critical competitive advantage for businesses to more effectively communicate their needs to technology teams and give everyone involved the ability to interact with and fully experience applications before they are built. Companies of all sizes like General Motors, UPS, Wachovia, Manpower, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and many others use iRise to “test drive” their applications before building, which accelerates time to revenue, improves customer experience, and drives costs down. At iRise, our vision is that by 2020, all business software will be visualized before being built, the same way that every car, airplane, and building is visualized today. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., iRise is backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, and Deutsche Bank, and has sales offices across North America.

iRise is a registered trademark of iRise. All other companies and products mentioned are trademarks and property of their respective owners.

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