Why does Forrester think IBM WebSphere is now Cool?


IBM have made some interesting announcements related to BPM during their recent annual conference. The BPM specific ones are:

This announcement seems to have found traction with analysts and according to Forrester, IBM has now moved from being the “Goliath” to the “David” of the BPM industry. I have posted some excerpts from a post on Forrester BPM Blog explaining their postion:webSphere

…I have to admit, the functionality and depth presented by IBM underwhelmed the federal customer – they literally shook their heads with disappointment.  At that time, IBM was force fitting the WPS product to be a human-centric BPM platform.  I described it as a “headless horseman” – nice integration functionality under the covers, but missing the required interface for users to interact with their tasks and workflow.I have to admit, the functionality and depth presented by IBM underwhelmed the federal customer – they literally shook their heads with disappointment. 

At that time, IBM was force fitting the WPS product to be a human-centric BPM platform.  I described it as a “headless horseman” – nice integration functionality under the covers, but missing the required interface for users to interact with their tasks and workflow.

….Fast forward three years later…

IBM is placing very large bets on WPS leading them to the BPM promised land and has invested heavily to make the platform more business-friendly and accessible.

IBM has upped its game in BPM and is becoming a stronger human-centric BPM contender.  Business Space and BPM BlueWorks paint a new face on IBM that will attract more business-oriented customers that we’re frightened by the previous generation of tech-heavy IBM BPM offerings.

Read the Forrester post here.

 
Not everybody seems to agree..

Further comments on IBM and their focus on process in the “Cloud” can be found here. Some observations I found interesting include:

IBM’s Smarter Planet campaign is hardly anything new. It builds on Metcalfe’s law, which posits that the value of a network is the square of the numbers of new users that join it….

…In actuality, what IBM described is a throwback to common practices established in highly automated industrial process facilities, where closed-loop process control has been standard practice for decades…

…So at base, a Smarter Planet is hardly a radical idea; it seeks to emulate what has been standard practice in industrial process control going back at least 30 years.

What is your opinion?

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One thought on “Why does Forrester think IBM WebSphere is now Cool?

  1. Pingback: IBM BlueWorks – Value Proposition & Overview « Business Process Management (BPM) – InSights

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