Gravity and Windows Workflow Foundation

Scott Francis
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I was recently struck by the difference between a couple of posts about SAP Gravity and Microsoft’s Windows Workflow Foundation. In the first, some demonstrations of SAP Gravity with Google Wave are presented. But they seem a bit contrived to me – and moreover Google Wave isn’t realistic for enterprise use yet – which makes SAP’s focus on Wave all the more puzzling (since they usually don’t focus on any technology until its pretty tried and true).  Gravity seems to be long on sizzle and short on substance to me.  But I give SAP props for trying something different to unlock innovation around their huge install base.  And honestly, what they’ve done so far has definite “cool” factor. But then I saw this post on Windows Workflow Foundation, and I see that it is possible to have been in the BPM space for 10 years and still not get the importance of the business – it is still a programmer’s product, rather than a business-person’s product.  You can sum it all up right here:
“The purpose of WF is not to be a complete workflow solution for Windows. Instead, the goal is to make it easier for software developers to create workflow-based Windows applications.”
Luckily, if you really want to be on a Windows-centric solution, there are BPMS vendors out there that do that…
  • bbutler

    I was wondering if you've check PowerWF Studio? It's a product that combines Windows Workflow & PowerShell.

  • sfrancis

    I haven't personally used PowerWF Studio…