New BPMS Reports On the Way

I've just finished up 4 new reports in my 2006 BPMS Report series: Lombardi TeamWorks, BEA AquaLogic BPM, EMC Documentum Process Suite, and Cordys Composite Application Framework. They should be going up on the BPM Institute website next week when the webmaster returns from vacation.

The BEA report replaces Fuego; the others are new, bringing the total to 10, plus an overview report that explains the common evaluation framework and report format. (The others are IBM WebSphere BPM Suite, Savvion BusinessManager, Pegasystems SmartBPM, Global 360 Enterprise, Adobe LiveCycle Workflow, and Vitria BusinessWare.) Like the others in the series, the new reports are free to download from the BPM Institute website. Each report is around 30 pages in length, loaded with diagrams and screenshots. Based on product documentation and deep-dive briefings and demos, each report walks through product functionality end to end, including modeling, process design, human workflow, application integration, business rules, content and collaboration, events and exceptions, product architecture, and solution frameworks.

It's more than a functionality checklist, since, let's face it, all products today can tick off all the checkmarks. But a capability that is richly elaborated in one product might just exist at a bare minimum in another. At the end, each product is evaluated for its suitability in six process types or use cases: basic workflow, content lifecycle processes, complex collaboration, case management, production workflow, and transactional/straight-through processing.

The notable qualities and focus of each product stand out. For example, in the new reports:

  • Lombardi and Cordys show how the full power of BPMN, including intermediate events for exception handling, can be used for executable design: one based on service orchestration and the other not.
  • EMC illustrates the unique capabilities of content- and collaboration-aware BPM, and provides rich support for production workflow.
  • BEA demonstrates the extreme flexibility of user-defined scripted methods to cover a wide range of process types.
  • Lombardi makes the promise of rapid iterative development real, with the ability to instantly play back process activities at any stage of modeling or design.
  • Cordys shows what it means to layer a BPMS on top of an Enterprise Service Bus. For all their talk about SOA, most other BPMS vendors don't do that.
The new reports should go live next week.