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Harmon_BPMS Market 2008

Harmon_BPMS Market 2008 - Greetings .,SoftwareAGbought...

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Greetings,   The BPMS market is definitely consolidating. During the last five months, Software AG bought  webMethods, TIBCO bought Spotfire, IBM bought TeleLogic, and Metastorm bought Proforma. We  argued that 2007 would be the year that everyone recognized the relationship between BPMS and SOA.  Similarly, we believe that 2008 will be the year that everyone recognizes the important relationship  between BPMS and BI. Thus, while the market is consolidating, it is also expanding and growing in new  ways.  Celia Wolf, CEO/Publisher Paul Harmon, Executive Editor/Analyst The State of the BPMS Market BPM became a hot term in early 2003. BPMI was founded in 2002. Smith and Fingar wrote  Business  Process Management  and I wrote  Business Process Change  in 2002, and both books were published  in early 2003. There were no BPM conferences in the US in 2002 and few in 2003. Similarly, in 2002,  there were only two or three vendors promoting themselves as BPM vendors and there were several  business process modeling vendors whose origins were in CASE and the Business Process  Reengineering movement of the early Nineties.  Today, the number of vendors claiming to offer BPMS products is probably over 100. There have been  more than 10 BPM conferences so far this year and I've lost track of the number of books that have  been published, with BPM or Business Process in their titles.  Clearly, BPM is doing well. Now, if everyone agreed on what "BPM" means we could move to the bar  and celebrate. Unfortunately, some people use BPM to mean a generic approach to redesigning  business processes. Depending on whom you talk with, BPM can mean Six Sigma, Balanced  Scorecard, SCOR, process redesign, or identifying business managers to manage processes. And, of  course, it can also mean using ERP software to automate processes, or it can mean using a BPMS  software product to manage the runtime execution of a business process. Taken as a whole, there's a  lot going on in the world of business process management, and many different BPM initiatives that  have been successful.  In this Advisor, I want to focus on just the BPMS market. In other words, I want to consider how rapidly  companies are buying BPMS software products and what kinds of successes those companies are  having as they seek to develop and deploy BPMS applications.  Even this narrower question is hard to answer because there is a great deal of confusion about what a  BPMS product is or what a BPMS application should seek to accomplish. If we define BPMS very  loosely to include any product that supports Workflow development or Enterprise Application 
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Integration (EAI), then the BPMS market is doing very well, indeed. The leading BPMS vendors are 
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