The challenge:
Managing business workflows

Managing business processes efficiently is one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. More individual and more diversified departments, varying structures and varying systems, contribute to the ever-growing complexity of business management. The GBS AppDesigner is an intuitive solution for workflow management, making it easy to shape and automate business processes. A sure way of tackling even the biggest challenges successfully.

  • Focus on the professional user 
    Professional users need modern, easy-to-operate tools to achieve their goals. The expectations placed on modern workflow solutions and business applications by individual departments grow from year to year. 

  • Secure platform independence 
    Underlying platforms can be just as varied as the business processes themselves. Microsoft SharePoint or IBM Connections, IBM Domino or a web browser: Today’s workflows need to be platform independent to preserve the flexibility that you’ll need tomorrow.

  • Go mobile with more flexibility
    Our work world is mobile. Which means that business processes have to work smoothly in that mobile world, too. Nothing is worse than critical processes come to a halt because of a breakdown in mobile capability. Especially because short reaction times play such a vital role in business processes and success.
  • Cloud ready
    Increasingly, businesses are focussing on the scalability and cost advantages of modern cloud platforms. Operating in the cloud as well as on premises has become a crucial aspect of a viable IT strategy. And that encompasses shaping and using workflows in the cloud, too. 
Potential use cases for GBS AppDesigner
  • Vacation requests
  • Workshop applications
  • Professional reviews
  • Invoice management
  • License applications
  • Document archiving
  • Customer service
  • Product support
  • Service orders
  • Procurement requests
  • Meeting protocols
  • Lead sheets

Create and automate
workflows intuitively

From creating simple forms right on up to complex business logic, with the GBS AppDesigner you can do it all. Develop and deploy workflows with the GBS AppDesigner’s intuitive drag and drop interface in the web browser. Create business processes and web applications in just a few clicks: There’s no need for special programming skills. Reach your goals quickly with the flexible, BPMN-conform workflow engine.

  • Intuitive Operation
    The easy-to-understand web interface with a multitude of standard design elements makes getting started effortless, even for inexperienced users. Shape and adapt simple workflows or complex business processes without special programming skills – which saves time and goes easy on development resources to boot.

  • Rapid deployment 
    Workflows and business applications created with the GBS AppDesigner can be deployed at the push of a button. A carefully thought-out roles and rights concept enables granular management of access rights. Users are authorised for the specific applications intended for their use.
  • Greater productivity 
    Professional users profit from the automation of routine processes. Recurring tasks, such as incoming orders or complaint management, are supported with intuitive workflow applications. The progress display keeps users informed of the current status of business processes.

  • No interruptions, no communication breakdowns 
    In sales or in service: Customers expect a quick reaction. The GBS AppDesigner prevents your business processes from interruptions. Mobile apps for iOS and Android let you use your workflows and business applications flexibly: On smartphones and tablets, whenever and wherever you want.
  • Future security 
    The GBS AppDesigner bases its open architecture on known standards, such as BPMN 2.0, HTML and xForms. With consequent platform independence and support of various collaboration systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint und IBM Connections, the GBS AppDesigner is a true all-rounder. Making potential decisions to change platforms in the future easier because there is no need to reinvest in previously created workflows. 

  • Cloud & SaaS ready
    Growing numbers of businesses are using cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure or Office 365 to increase their flexibility. You choose whether to run the GBS AppDesigner on premise, hybrid or in the cloud. Our workflow management software feels at home everywhere! 

Seamless integration of workflows:
SharePoint, Cloud, IBM Domino

GBS AppDesigner’s universal platform independence is the key to efficient workflow management. Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Domino and Connections or in your web browser. Workflows und business applications can be used directly on these collaboration platforms.

SharePoint & Office 365

Workflow management in SharePoint & Office 365

You’d like to automate your business processes in SharePoint and increase productivity? Then the GBS AppDesigner is the perfect solution for you!

Embed workflows and web applications directly in Microsoft SharePoint site collections with our solution. As a provider-hosted add-in, the GBS AppDesigner is integrated directly into SharePoint, keeping the look and feel familiar – and making it easy for new users to get started.

You’ll enhance SharePoint with important functions for managing business processes. What’s more, since the GBS AppDesigner is integrated with iQ.Suite, GBS’s email management solution, information contained in emails can be used directly in SharePoint. Email attachments or text information, such as order numbers, can be conveniently integrated in SharePoint workflows.

  • Embed workflows and forms created with the GBS AppDesigner directly in site collections  
  • Reduce system breakdowns thanks to access to relevant data and processes within the SharePoint platform
  • Automate standard tasks and business processes
  • Integrate email contents in SharePoint seamlessly
  • No additional development necessary
FeaturesSharePoint Workflow Designer 2013GBS AppDesigner
Complexity and diversity of workflows



Graphical workflow editor    
User friendliness Complex handling Drag & drop handling
Graphic display of workflow status    
Fulfills business specific demands 

Only built-in
actions only


Ready for use without local installation    
Return workflow tasks to previous user     
User rights management



Delegation of workflow tasks during absence    
Ready-to-go use cases    
Debugging options Limited Extended (own backend/API)

Web-based & Cloud

Workflow management in the web browser and the cloud

The GBS AppDesigner uses state-of-the-art web technologies with which you can create and use workflows and business applications quickly and easily in a web browser, without the need for an additional application platform.

On top of that, cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure are not a problem for the GBS AppDesigner, either. And that protects resources and increases flexibility. You’ll be using your workflow management in the cloud in no time at all.

All you need is a web browser. Create forms, workflows and business applications. Employees can use them right away in the browser. Modern workflow management is easier than ever before.

  • Workflows and business applications are created in a web browser intuitively
  • Simple use in a web browser makes getting started easy
  • Flexible operation from the cloud possible – Microsoft Azure Ready
  • Central management of applications and users 
  • Flexible price structure

IBM Domino & Connections

Workflow management in IBM Domino & IBM Connections

Creating workflows based business applications in the IBM world is faster and easier with the GBS AppDesigner. The intuitive, web-based interface gives you access to all the tools you need. You’ll be able to shape business processes and create web applications quickly.

Modernise existing IBM Notes/Domino applications with the GBS AppDesigner. Workflows and applications can be used in IBM Notes Client, in a browser or on mobile end devices as well.

GBS’s AppDesigner solution is a strong partner in combination with IBM Connections, too. Once created, business applications can be integrated directly in the communities. Pending workflow tasks are conveniently displayed in the personal to-do list.

  • Seamless integration with IBM Domino and IBM Connections
  • Intuitive operation simplifies usage in all departments
  • Data is held directly in IBM Domino
  • Existing security and verification mechanisms are used
  • Operation on mobile devices simplifies use when travelling
Workflow Management in IBM Notes
Workflow Management in SharePoint
List view in Sharepoint
Workflow Management in SharePoint
Workflow in progress in SharePoint
Workflow Management
Web-based workflow modeler
Workflow Management
Web-based form designer
Workflow Management
List view in the cloud version
Workflow Management
List view in the cloud version

Making business processes

GBS Appdesigner - Workflows in browser or on mobile devices

You’d like to use workflows and business processes on the road? Important applications should be mobile available, too?  Your co-workers travel a lot and need device and location independent access? The GBS AppDesigner makes these demands the new reality.

Apple iOS or Google Android: The GBS AppDesigner and the mobile work world get along well. Use web applications on smartphones or tablets right away with our apps.  No need for complicated customisation or additional software. Make important decisions even out of the office and keep business critical processes from being interrupted. The GBS AppDesigner opens the door to a new, independent work world.

  • Mobile access to business applications
  • Start individual workflows and complete assigned tasks
  • Place, process and accept requests quickly and easily
  • Status check for current tasks
  • Uniform user experience, device independent

GBS AppDesigner
An excellent partner in workflow management

Your Benefits
Reduced operating & licensing expenses

Reduced operating &
licensing expenses

Mobile ready

Mobile enterprise

Workflows are Cloud and SaaS ready

Cloud and
SaaS ready

Accelerated return-on-investment

Accelerated return-on-investment

MS SharePoint & IBM Connections

MS SharePoint &
IBM Connections


MS SharePoint & Office 365, IBM Domino & Connections and Cloud (Java EE)

Platform independent

BPMN & Workflows

BPMN Workflow


Rapid app deployment

Rapid app

Bernd Hesse

"With the GBS AppDesigner, workflow management has finally become available for everyone! Even users without programming skills can create business processes and applications. The intuitive operation and availability on all important platforms gives businesses the freedom they need."  

Bernd Hesse, GBS Product Manager Collaboration

Just try it!

The GBS AppDesigner is the heart of a modern application landscape. The intuitive design tools let you create business applications and workflows for browsers, mobile devices, Microsoft SharePoint or IBM Domino - without needing special programming skills.

You’re interested and would like to know more about the GBS AppDesigner? Register here – without obligation and free of charge. The GBS team will contact you.

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