Earlier in the year I posted about how EA and BPM are merging in both the practioner and tools space. This was also highlighted by evidence from reports by Gartner and Forrester.
Gartner has released their latest analysis of the Enterprise Architecture vendor market.
Their overall assessment is favourable and in summary states the following:
EA tools adoption has increased despite economic challenges
Tools vendors have increased the richness of the features and functionality of their tools sets
Merger and aquisition activity (Software AG buying IDS Scheer) has provided momentum for 2009/2010.
Most tools seem to be more well rounded and now include, modelling, business intelligence and analysis capabilities that use a single data repository.
Open source and entry level tools have emerged and are seen to be gaining acceptance and interest but it is too early to tell what type of adoption there will be by a wider audience.
There is recognition in the market that entry level and no cost offerings can pose a longer term threat to vendors. This is as a result of vendors not listening to customers and not not aligning themselves with customer needs and their associated adoption of a fit for purpose EA tool.
There has been a lot of talk in the press recently about SOA and BPM and convergence. In a recent article from Joe McKendrick entitled ‘Will vendors finally force SOA and BPM to mingle?‘ the following observation was made wrt BPM and SOA convergence:
It may take time for the SOA and BPM worlds to come together anyway. It’s like the separate Francophone and Anglophone cultures that exist in Canada; the Scotts, Welsh, English, and Irish in the UK; the Flemish and Francophones in Belgium; or the residents of North and South New Jersey. They’ll all agree to exist under one roof, but that’s about it — they still want their own ways of doing things.
As a result, I thought it may be useful to share some of my resources on SOA and BPM….
Gartner who have made 2 complimentary BPM webinars available:
Using BPM to Survive, Thrive and Capitalize in a Turbulent Economy
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:
…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.
Gartner have released their 2009 Magic Quadrant report for Business Process Management Suites (login required). They have reviewed their approach to focus their analysis on product support for use cases, rather than product features and functions. This change has altered their assessment of the relative strengths of the vendors since their 2007 Magic Quadrant.
This Forrester Wave report (download here) is a little old as it was released in mid 2008 but I thought it would be interesting for those of you who follow industry analyst opinion.
Forrester places a high importance on business rules as part of creating dynamic business applications that support a build for change approach to creating business solutions. It is also important to note that these Business Rules Engines form a key component of BPM solutions.
Forrester evaluated 13 platforms from 11 vendors using 175 different criteria that organizations typically review when selecting a Business Rules Management System. Forrester positioned vendors based on the strength of their current offering as well as overall strategy.
The report found Pegasystems to have the highest scores for Current Offering and one of three “resounding Leaders as general-purpose business rules platforms”.
It is clear therfore that the importance of unifying business rules with business processes as a special ingredient in this new found agility will continue to grow. Pegasystems has also been ranked as a leader by Gartner in the BPMS space (download BPMS report here).
Watch this space for the new 2009 Gartner BPMS MQ to be released shortly.
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