The market for business process management suites is growing rapidly, and the software is expected to become the front end to next-generation deployment platforms used in building custom applications, an analyst firm says. The BPMS market grew by nearly 80% last year to $890 million, according to IDC. By 2011, the market was expected to reach $5.5 billion, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate of 44%. "This year and next are critical years for BPMS vendors," IDC analyst Maureen Fleming said in a recent report.
Hi, Implementing user centric business processes with SAP NetWeaver MDM and Guided Procedures was and is still very popular since it has many advantages in comparison to the standard MDM Workflow tool for certain use cases (like integrating additional services, custom UI's, cross system workflows etc). With the combination SAP NW MDM and SAP BPM/BRM you can do the same but you will add a lot of new features to your solutions as well like:
As a firm that is entirely focused on BPM implementations, we get a lot of queries from staffing firms, and I’m going to take this post to speak out against the practice of using these expensive, non-value-adding, players in the marketplace. We get (each of us at BP3) about an email a day from a staffing firm looking for “a Lombardi Teamworks Administrator (or Developer or Architect) in Bentonville, Arkansas (or Bay Area or Boston or where-ever” (or other locations). (someone should tell these guys that there is only one company in Bentonville likely to buy BPM and need to hire outside help… ) If I could convey one thing to companies deploying BPM and using staffing companies to augment their teams, it would be to understand the value chain in the BPM staffing equation, and why those firms are ill-equipped to help companies achieve their goals with BPM.
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Two months ago I blogged about the beta test for new Simple Sample Applications featuring SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management (SAP NetWeaver BPM) technology and sent an invite to the SAP Community to participate. The response once more widely exceeded our expectations: More than 60 SAP Community members worldwide registered for the BPM sample beta test. The feedback was very positive; it clearly demonstrated that BPM samples add value by making the synergy of BPM and SOA tangible for customers and developers. We were able to incorporate most of the ideas for improvement into the final Simple Sample Apps portfolio. A warm Thank You to all who helped us make this happen! For those of you who are new to the topic: SAP NetWeaver BPM is SAP’s solution for SOA-based business process composition.
At SAP TechEd 2009 Vienna, I met Chris Horak , with whom I share a passion for good single malt, music (he’s into Metal and Bebop and plays Donna Lee on the e-bass), and the occasional witticism. Chris told me that he wondered what the future of Business Process Management might look like: “What will the successors of today’s BPM and ERP software in 10 or 15 years look like?” Chris works at the office of the CTO at SAP and it appears that they try to look very far ahead. I don’t normally try to do that – frankly, I think it’s often difficult enough to see clearly what is happening right now in front of my nose -, but I took Chris’ question as a challenge and tried to come up with a few ideas.
BPM conquers the new territory which is called in different ways: Dynamic Processes, Unstructured Processes, Knowledge Worker Processes, Barely Repeatable Processes, Case Management. BPM now reached the maturity level where the management of repetitive and predictable processes has become a matter of technique. It grants reliable process execution by unreliable employees - low-paid, with low skills and low motivation.
I have been stressing the need for integrating various concepts for succeeding with systematic reuse. BPM is no different. In an earlier post I introduced reusable BPM integration capabilities . In this post I want to list additional capabilities that you can build as part of BPM initiatives: Mature your integration function that helps consumers integrate, use, and discover business process assets.
There are many business process management (BPM) tools on the market today for enterprise CIOs to choose from. The selection process should begin with defining both your business and technical requirements -- reviewing the vendor options should be the last step. In this podcast, Mike Kavis, an independent consultant and chief technology officer at MDot, offers tips for identifying your business and technical requirements and how to get the most out of your vendor research. Kavis has more than 23 years of IT experience, including 12 years in leadership positions. His areas of expertise include IT strategy and planning, organizational change management, BPM, service-oriented architecture, enterprise architecture, Web 2.0, cloud computing, business intelligence, outsourcing and turnarounds.
Full disclosure: I am attending Oracle OpenWorld courtesy of Oracle. This was a session focused on BPM 11g. It’s a bit of a whirlwind overview, but so far they have emphasized the use of BPMN 2.0, Business Rules integration, SCA, and the new rich form designer. Next up is the BPA suite based on their OEM relationship with IDS Scheer ARIS. 11g introduces round trip integration with BPM Studio and a unified repository with IDS products, etc. I haven’t heard anything about Oracle ER becoming a centralized metadata repository for all Oracle products, which a find a bit surprising.
Composite applications combine various existing functions into a new application, typically managed using a business process or orchestration as the framework. SAP talks about core business processes, those built into the enterprise application backbone,and composite business processes that integrate and extend these processes by reusing the services within them. Specifically a composite application contains: Workcenter Where users can initiate processes Composite Process Where the process is defined User Interfaces For those services that need human interaction Business Entities and Services Where new and existing entities and services are exposed ESB and underlying Services/Systems Netweaver BPM and Business Rules are used together with the Composite Application Framework, Developer Studio and Visual Development Environment. In addition this session will use the new SAP Discovery Systems (v4).
One of the sessions at Forrester’s Business Technology Forum 2009 was a lunch session sponsored by Appian on the subject of Iterative or Agile development and BPM . Sandy Kemsley quotes Tom Higgins of Territory Insurance Office in Australia as saying “Waterfall contracts and iterative development don’t mix.” Apparently he spent quite a bit of time talking about the contractual aspects of the project they took on with Appian, and Sandy took the opportunity to comment as follows:
The combination of Business Process Management (BPM) tools and enterprise services unleashes the full power of SOA and is an exclusive and unmatched offering from SAP. All SAP Community members now have the opportunity to easily access this powerful technology in a test drive. Effective today, SAP started a beta test for three new pilot Simple Sample Applications using SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management (BPM) technology. These pilot apps are implementations of small business processes, such as Approve Sales Order Change Request, Approve Purchase Requisition and Create Purchase Order, and Manage Leave Request Send us an email to be among the first who get access to these new Simple Sample Applications, and let us know what you think.