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Anne Stuart’s BPM in Action

Dennis Byron

Intalio Widens BPM Offering to Take On Major Enterprise Software Suppliers

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I highlighted Modeling & The Current State (Modeling the "As Is" process is mostly a waste of time). on December 8 in ebizQ's "More from the Web" section not only for its inherent instructional value but also because it raises an interesting issue for the entire acceptance of the business process management (BPM) concept. The genesis of my thinking was the line "If your consulting firm..." in the blog post about modeling. I contend that if you need consulting for BPM the way you needed it to implement ERP during the 1990s, then BPM as currently conceived is going to fail. 

Coincidentally I had a discussion on this topic with Intalio's Ismael Ghalimi on December 5th. Ismael thinks he's found a solution (see his blog for more details) to the need for BPM consultants (or even to the need for guys from the IT staff for that matter). This is important, especially when mergers, acquisition, suppliers, customers or common sense say you need to make the inevitable changes to your business processes--and therefore to your BPM software.

Intalio's response to this situation is the acquisition of a PERL/JAVA-based BPM process-design product called "Process Square." Process Square already has customers like Allianz and ABB. It will be incorporated with current Intalio "business process platform" products (which I call BPM middleware) into a suite called it Intalio Business Edition. It simplifies the notation required to model workflow, it supports easy transition from the model to executable, and--most important--it supports the inevitable changes mentioned above.

The more interesting thing for Intalio and Ismael, whom I first met when I first started researching the middleware market at IDC in 2003 and needed someone to explain to me what the heck pi-calculus was, is that he is no longer in the BPM middleware market. With some of the acquisitions and open-source community relationships he has made, Intalio is lining up total middleware functionality one for one with the big namebrand enterprise software suppliers. In addition to the Business Edition described above, he has added or will be adding a Developers Edition of Intalio BPP.

In for a dime, in for a dollar.

-- Dennis Byron

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