Google #Wave – A Disruptive #BPM Solution?
Google Wave blogs and the SAP Gravity Demo, and continuing on that theme, Jacob Ukelson asks whether Google Wave is good enough to become a disruptive force as a “good-enough” BPMS, on the ActionBase blog. I think there’s no question that Google’s Wave could serve as a “good enough” BPMS for many collaborative, informal, or as-yet-unstructured processes. It could also serve as a useful collaboration companion to structured process. One need look no further than two examples from IT history, which are still with us in many enterprises and in many processes:I’ve previously written about various
- It isn’t really Google’s intent to build a BPMS. They don’t think of the problem Wave is solving as a “process”. As a result, they’re unlikely to take it in that direction. I don’t think you end up with a good BPMS my accident.
- The structured parts of process are actually useful for larger organizations that actually have that kind of structure or volume.
- There is a lot of magic under the hood of a BPMS that wouldn’t be trivial to recreate using Wave. Not impossible, just not trivial. More likely is a mash-up approach like the SAP Gravity demonstration.
- It still sits outside the firewall of the corporation, and for all too many companies, that is still a regulatory problem, not to mention a security problem, for their data.