Méthode is supremely easy to use: its workspace deploys familiar interfaces that are highly configurable to give analysts, SAs and compliance officers the tools and assets they need without unnecessary clutter.
Standard applications like Excel™ are tightly integrated into the workflow with live-linking and content access from within both Méthode and Excel. Charts, tables and graphics are managed and deployed with simple drag and drop actions.
Many operations that consume time and energy in a conventional editorial process are completely automated in Méthode.
When publishing to multiple channels, for example, no 'repurposing' is ever required: documents begin their life already pre-formatted for delivery to multiple channels and devices.
'Assisted authoring' pulls in live values and content from external sources, ensuring accuracy and timeliness, as well as higher productivity.
Méthode is 'teamware' - it has been designed around efficient, coordinated content creation. Teams are not limited by location: teamwork proceeds smoothly even when members are distributed across diverse geographies.
Méthode incorporates a shared planning space in which multiple projects can be initiated and monitored. In this workspace the whole lifecycle of a project from initial ideas and notes to final publication can be viewed and coordinated.
Méthode's componentized content structure allows multiple users to access and edit a document simultaneously. Separate components - texts, charts, disclaimers etc. - can be worked on in parallel by several users, significantly cutting time-to-market.
All users see the whole report in its most up-to-date form.
Once created, a component can be reused in other products, and standard components, such as disclaimers, can be pulled in from a central library, meaning they are always correct and up to date.
Users on the move can take advantage of Swing, Méthode's Web-based workspace, to take part in the workflow from any location with a network connection. Swing provides a full range of editorial and executive functions from creating and editing documents to managing media and monitoring the workflow of other groups and users. Swing also works in offline mode, resynchronizing and resuming workflow exchanges automatically when connection is restored.
All exchanges between Swing and the desktop Méthode environment are encrypted and are subject to normal workflow controls and permissions.
Every new creation in the Méthode workspace is already preformatted for its future destinations. At any time an author can preview the product as it will appear in any of its output formats: print document, webpage, tablet display, mail alert, syndicated distribution etc.
As soon as a product has been approved, it can be delivered to its various audiences with a single click. All content selection and formatting is entirely automatic.
Where a product must contain varying content for different audiences and channels, authors tailor the selection by tagging content for inclusion or exclusion. At the point of publication the tagged content is selected and sent to the appropriate destination.
Méthode's powerful search technologies give access to internal and external resources, from documents in production databases to syndicated content and sensitive data in legacy archives.
Queries can be set to be continuously active, thus collecting results as new materials enter the database and alerting users to their availability.
Queries can be tailored to generate real-time work queues for users and groups, streamlining the workflow and optimizing resource usage.