Ovum Publish BPM Vendor Decision Matrix

According to a press release from Metastorm, Ovum have released a new report about the BPM Vendor market.

The report evaluates BPM vendors based on a quantitative assessment of their market impact, end-user sentiment, and technology offering, and places them in one of three categories — explore, consider, or shortlist.

The analysis has considered various Vendors including: – Cordys, Oracle, Lombardi, Intalio, Pegasystems, SAP, Tibco, Metastorm and IBM. The press release states that Ovum have concluded the following:

Metastorm is placed in the elite “shortlist” category, which not only distinguishes its integrated software suite as “best of breed,” but also designates Metastorm as a vendor that should always be on the shortlist for any enterprise evaluating BPM solutions. According to the report, Metastorm is at “the very summit of the BPM competitive landscape.”

By contrast, Oracle and Savvion were the other vendors who made it into the ‘Shortlist’ category, while Lombardi, Appian, Active Endpoints, Ultimus, IBM and Pegasystems were in the ‘Consider’ category followed by AuraPortal, Cordys, Intalio, SAP and Tibco in the ‘Explore’ category.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts and experiences on Metastorm and if they should be on every evalutaion shortlist. The report can be found here for anybody who is interested.


Pegasystems Announces New Additions to Cloud Computing Offering – SmartPaaS

Pegasystems has announced that they have released new offerings on their Cloud based SmartPaaS platform – Instance Manager™ and Instant Edition™.

The according to the write up in their press release:

SmartPaaS Instance Manager automates the entire life cycle of requesting, approving, creating and tracking development and test environments for Pegasystems’ SmartBPM solutions. Customers, partners and BPM Centers of Excellence (COE’s) can use this application to provision — in about 30 minutes — secure, high performance environments on Amazon Web Services. It also includes a sophisticated management console and reporting capability.

SmartPaaS Instant Edition offers a secure, high performance cloud environment to simplify the development lifecycle of BPM projects for teams working on projects from disparate geographies. The finished application is 100% portable between the cloud and internal data center environments.

Both offerings are available on a simple monthly subscription basis.


It will be interesting to see how this offering from Pega compares to all the other vendors in this space including:

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Intelligent BPM for the Enterprise – Resources from Online Conference

I attended an online conference at which some of the leading BPM vendors presented their BPM vision and capabilities. Very sales focussed so may not be worth the effort if you are familiar with BPM and the products.local-conference-hubs

The list of vendors who attended are:

  • IBM
  • Lombardi Software
  • Pegasystems
  • IDS Scheer
  • Software AG


Webcasts and slides can be accessed here (registration required)

Survey – Top 10 Insurance Industry Issues for 2009

Pegasystems recently released survey results for the top 10 issues in the Insurance Industry. A similar Banking Industry survey can be found here.


banner_imagePegasystems conducted a survey of insurance industry leaders and asked them to share their views on the “Top Ten Issues in Insurance” for 2009. The goal of the survey is to provide insight into the business challenges these leaders forecast and are working to address in 2009.

Survey participants were asked to rank how important these issues were to their 2009 business objectives. The survey respondents covered a broad range business and technical professionals from all lines of business within the insurance industry.

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Recent Banking Survey – Missed Opportunity to Improve Customer Experience

The following paragraphs are extracts from a recent survey done by Pegasystems into how the banking industry are not meeting the service expectations of their customers.

…more than half of those questioned feel poorly served or informed by their banks. Yet 78% said it was important or essential that their bank knew and understood the customer as an individual with specific needs.

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Forrester Wave Q2 2008 – Business Rules Platforms – Pegasystems a Leader

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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