We use cookies and other similar technologies (Cookies) to enhance your experience and to provide you with relevant content and ads. By using our website, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies. You can change your settings at any time. Cookie Policy.

Business process management (BPM) is a great approach for automating, managing and optimizing a wide range of business processes. But that's the problem.

Many BPM solutions can be used to manage and optimize a wide range of processes. On the surface (and for many companies) that's a good thing-organizations can invest in one (BPM) platform to handle both horizontally- and vertically-oriented processes. Over the past five years, most BPM products have broadened to point where they're platforms more than products-supersized BPM, if you will-which is a very good thing.

However, as they've become more complex, with more robust and sophisticated options, sometimes something gets lost-the ability to quickly and easily automate and manage a relatively simple business process. Or course, this is not to say that many of today's BPM solutions can't address smaller or more focused processes-they can. In fact many more sophisticated BPM products are offering a variety of process templates, professional services offerings and even pre-packaged solutions that can help jumpstart BPM projects. But the problem is more than just a whether a product can do something-it also comes down to more mundane details. Can a company/customer easily understand what a product can do (i.e., is it directly suited to address their specific business need?)? Can they easily make a purchase decision? Can they easily implement and deploy the solution without having to deploy a new platform or infrastructure component?

In fact, that's where I believe that many of today's "supersized" BPM solutions are facing some difficulty-BPM platforms are great for solving complex, business and process-related problems. But the more sophisticated they are, the more options and modules they have, the more difficult it becomes for an business manager (or project manager) to quickly, easily and concisely identify a perfect fit, purchase a solution quickly, and deploy rapidly. In my mind, today's BPM solutions remain a great option (especially with all their new additions and capabilities) for a great many business problems and IT organizations.

But there's also room for solutions that use BPM-technologies without providing a platform or total-BPM-solution-type approach. You might call it BPM-lite or BPM-based vertical solutions. I believe that over the next few years we'll see an increasing number of companies purchase and deploy business-oriented solutions built on BPM foundations that address specific process requirements or business/IT niches.


1  2  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)


Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More