IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, Active Endpoints, and Bonita at the BPM-CON Thunderdome

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Today, an online conference called BPM-CON featured a number of BPM solutions, including IBM BPM.  I thought the conference was good if you need a quick update on the latest and greatest from these solutions.  I always find it interesting when you can see presentations from different vendors back to back.  It’s kind of like a wine tasting.  Some things are obvious differences, others are a little more subtle.  And your brain will feel a little fuzzy afterwards.

Here’s a quick rundown of what was presented, and a few things to look for.

IBM – Dave Keyes did a nice job giving an overview of the IBM solution for BPM and Decision Management.  A few customer examples illustrated how the technology can be applied.  And a view into the future of our BPM solutions, centering on cloud and patterns.  You can get more information on patterns and what’s available today here

Bonita & Talend did a joint presentation.  Talend OEM’s Bonita with their MDM offering and have been partnering around ESB too.  Talend presented some interesting data on a customer survey they conducted of over 200 integration pros.  Not surprisingly, they found that customers are most challenged with processes that span multiple applications.  But surprisingly (at least to me) was that more than half of respondents said that Help Desk processes were a top concern for BPM.  I guess it depends on how you define Help Desk.  There was a strong focus on SOA from the Talend presenter, and the Bonita presenter focused more on the traditional BPM topics of process design and execution.  I would have liked to see more details on how the two products work together beyond the high level charts, especially since it was a joint presentation.

The presenter from Oracle started out by defining what Oracle is calling “intelligent applications”.  Basically, Oracle is positioning BPM as a new way to build apps that require a lot of change.  And you can see why with the templates that Oracle is building to work with specific Fusion Apps, called “process accelerators.”  I liked how he then tied this idea of intelligent applications to some specific use cases with the underlying technology, such as fraud detection.  What was missing was any customer stories.  Based on this presentation, it looks like Oracle has good vision, but it is difficult to see how that vision will become reality.

Red Hat spent a lot of time on their roadmap and how the open source model works.  Not surprising as the roadmap has some major changes with the acquisitions of Polymita and FUSE, along with the new 5.3 release and all the changes made on the BPM end of things with that release.  Red Hat’s vision is the “intelligent integrated enterprise.”  For me, this message is focused on event detection (via CEP) and decisions you make around those events – with BPM as the “what you do after the event is detected”.  I think TIBCO and Red Hat have a very similar vision here.  The big challenge for Red Hat is how they manage the roadmap and transition and integrate the BPM parts from Polymita.

Active Endpoints had their own spin on intelligent BPM.  The presenter focused on mobile.  And he gets props for giving a live demo.  The demo showed a salesforce.com instance getting integrated with his iPhone via ActiveVOS.  He also used Siri for things like adding notes to the CRM record through his iPhone, which was a nice touch.  This is all part of their Cloud Extend product, that is built on Force.com.  Much more developer oriented presentation than the others, and really focused on salesforce.com.  I would have liked to see how this could be applied beyond mobile and salesforce.com.  But overall, I found this presentation to be very informative.

Registration is required, but the materials are available and you can hear the webcasts on demand for each vendor here:  https://www.idevnews.com/registration?&eid=224&event_id=224

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