MWD's Coverage of Progress' Analyst Day
- May 19, 2011
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Good coverage of Progress’ analyst day by Neil Ward-Dutton:
My concern at the previous year’s event was that Progress was in danger of painting itself into a corner: by highlighting RPM as the “next step beyond BPM”, it was in danger of creating for itself a very specialised niche. It seems that the company understands this challenge, and is doing some things to try and avoid this particular trap. We heard about three specific initiatives, all of which are related.
Like Neil, I like(d) the definition of RPM, but worry(ied) that it would paint them into a corner if they became only about a special subclass of BPM. I think this is the danger to the vendors pursuing ACM vis-a-vis BPM as well (less so to those vendors who claim to do both). Neil’s assessment is that they’ve avoided that trap, which is good.
The biggest transformation still facing Progress is to be more business-facing in both sales and delivery. They have a well-respected technical heritage, but appealing to the business hasn’t been the reputation historically, and sounds like something that still has room for improvement.