Gartner weighs in on Trilogy acquisition of Savvion

Last week, I wrote about the Savvion acquisition and what it might mean for customers.  Gartner has now weighed in with their opinion.  Quoting from the post:

  • Current Savvion customers: Hold off on making new investments until Trilogy clarifies any changes to the go-to-market and development plans for Savvion. Watch for Trilogy to communicate Aurea’s strategy before the deal closes on 30 November 2012 as promised.
  • Prospective Savvion customers: Delay your decision until Trilogy announces the road map for the Aurea iBPMS, as it may not be the same as the Savvion road map.

Like I said last week – roadmap and the execution of that roadmap is going to be the key.

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Trilogy buys Savvion

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Late last week, Trilogy announced that they were buying Savvion, Sonic, and a few of the remaining parts put on sale by Progress back in April.  From the press release:

The software investment arm of Trilogy Enterprises, one of the largest privately held enterprise software companies in the world, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire four Progress Software businesses – Sonic, Savvion, Actional and DXSI. Trilogy will combine the businesses to form the core of a new “best of breed” intelligent business process, application, and data management company. The new company will be called Aurea Software and will be headed by enterprise software industry veteran Scott Brighton. Brighton currently serves as President of Trilogy Enterprises.

It is an interesting move for Trilogy, who has a few BPM products on the truck currently, including Versata.

Overall, it is good news for Savvion customers and the BPM market in general.  Savvion customers should expect to see a roadmap from Trilogy in the coming weeks, and will have a better basis to make their decision on future direction.

Contrary to what you might expect, the next 6-12 months are going to be pretty boring from a customer standpoint.  The focus is going to be internal.  You can bet that Trilogy is not going to tell existing customers that the world is going to change overnight.  Current products will be supported, a lot of the same staff will stick around to see how things play out.  It starts to get interesting in the 12-24 month time frame.  Which direction is Trilogy going to take?  Roll in BPM into their industry solutions?  Stand-alone BPM?  What about rules and events?  Progress kept those pieces (Corticon and Apama).  It will certainly be interesting to see how this unfolds.