The WFM application can be implemented as a stand-alone web-based system, but the return on investment increases if the optional Schneider Electric Designer™ integration is implemented. The Designer™ integration allows the WFM estimate to be loaded from a GIS Designer™ revision. The WFM / Designer™ integration augments the work request workflow by allowing it to be sent to Designer™ for graphical design. There is a tight integration allowing the WFM work request web functionality to be exposed directly within Designer™. This screenshot shows the WFM work order control being made available within Schneider Electric Workflow Manager:
An extra compatible unit configuration module is added to WFM that allows for the WFM CU’s to be mapped to the Designer™ GIS features. The mapping is driven off of the Esri data model for feature/object classes, the Schneider Electric CU defining attributes (CUDA's), and the Schneider Electric extended data (cost factors). This GIS data is synchronized from the GIS into WFM to allow administrators to map the data within a web interface. Then the mapped CU's are automatically loaded back into the Designer™ system to be used within the CU tab and the new CU filter.
Next, the standard out-of-the-box Designer™ functionality is used to create one or more design revisions using GIS features mapped to the WFM CU’s. The design engineer can then choose an approved design revision to send back to WFM. The work locations, compatible units, extended data and other relevant information is automatically loaded directly into the WFM estimate just as if it was created directly within WFM. This screenshot shows a Schneider Electric Designer™ CU design on the left alongside the WFM estimate on the right.
The WFM costing engine, validations and status changes are made available in Designer™ via the integration. The workflow continues normally in WFM until the as-built stage at which time the graphical as-built redlines are applied via Designer™. The Designer™ integration provides a powerful design extension to the existing WFM tools. More information on the Designer™ functionality can be found in the Schneider Electric product documentation.