More BPM Coverage and Trends from MWD

Scott Francis
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Over the last month or two I’ve noticed a few write-ups of BPM firms from MWD:

  • Software AG’s BPM offering, which due to acquisitions is quite broad, though not often described as well-integrated.  “Looking specifically at the BPM platform provided by the webMethods BPMS and its associated tools, there’s strong support for both automated and transactional work scenarios, and some support for exploratory work scenarios. The new Business Console – which provides the container for new dashboarding, dynamic, collaborative tasking and ‘process ETA’ capabilities – further advances the platform’s strong support for transactional and exploratory work in particular.”
  • Pegasystems reinventing itself.  “You can see it by looking back at how CEO Alan Trefler’s keynote presentations at PegaWorld have changed. In 2013 he was cracking jokes about COBOL and Java. In 2014 the talk was abstract: about how Pega enables the Digital Enterprise. In 2015, at the PegaWorld customer event this week, we got a very focused and concrete pitch about the shortcomings of today’s CRM systems in meeting today’s business needs.”  Perhaps the most interesting part is that Pega has turned its attention from BPM to taking on Salesforce.com.  (And this at the same time that Appian has turned its attention from BPM to custom app development for corporations).
  • Bonitasoft BPM 7 – from BPM to “living applications”.  “With the release of Bonita BPM 7, the commercial open-source player has become part of a growing band of BPM technology vendors making a shift towards delivering broader business application development functionality. This is a natural consequence of the maturation of BPM technology and its increasingly tactical application. Bonitasoft has implemented a number of important capabilities in its Bonita BPM 7 release to support this direction, and more are to come.”
  • IBM and Case Management. “IBM’s support for extending task work, monitoring and administration to mobile platforms is advancing, too. It’s now easier to build responsive web clients for mobile access; and there’s also a client-side code and data caching capability that makes mobile access to process applications more performant and stable.” – Interestingly, BP3’s tools for IBM BPM are the best way to achieve this list of capabilities on IBM’s platform…  and commercial considerations still get in the way of adoption for the case management functionality of IBM BPM.

Interesting changes afoot all around the BPM landscape.  More noticeable when you put the list together.