BPM 2.0: Méfiez vous des imitations
Back in February 2006, I wrote a first post on BPM 2.0. It was an attempt at defining what was wrong with the way BPM products were packaged and marketed, and it served as a guidewire for many subsequent posts. The term had originally been coined by my friend Bruce Silver, but Intalio (to be called The BPM 2.0 Company soon) gave it its substance. Since then, it has been referenced by IBM in a fairly decent fashion, by former Gartner analyst turn…
Back in February 2006, I wrote a first post on BPM 2.0. It was an attempt at defining what was wrong with the way BPM products were packaged and marketed, and it served as a guidewire for many subsequent posts. The term had originally been coined by my friend Bruce Silver, but Intalio (to be called The BPM 2.0 Company soon) gave it its substance. Since then, it has been referenced by IBM in a fairly decent fashion, by former Gartner analyst turned Global 360 evangelist turned Gartner analyst again Jim Sinur in a rather poor manner, and it’s time for Intalio to take the leadership position again. Let’s see how we would define BPM 2.0 today.
First, let’s see what is still relevant, was is not, and what needs clarification:
|BPM 2.0 circa 2006||BPM 2.0 Revisited|
|Used by Process Analysts||Still relevant|
|Starting with a Complete BPMS||Still relevant|
|One Single Tool in Eclipse||Irrelevant|
|Loved by ABAP, PHP and VB Folks||Needs clarification|
|BPMN Designer||Still relevant|
|Zero Code||Needs clarification|
|One Click Deploy||Still relevant|
|Generating Web Services on-the-fly||Still relevant|
|Interpreting BPEL Code Natively||Still relevant|
|Web 2.0 User Interface||Still relevant|
|Rule Engine Included||Still relevant|
|Real-Time BAM Included||Still relevant|
|Native Process Simulation||Still relevant|
|Dynamic Process Optimization||Still relevant|
|Open Source Process Engine||Irrelevant|
|Get Started Today, Free of Charge||Irrelevant|
One Single Tool in Eclipse
While we still believe in the benefits offered by the Eclipse platform, this is very much an implementation detail. As far as I’m concerned, Oracle’s BPM Suite fully qualifies as a BPM 2.0 product (even though it won’t be released before next year), but it’s tool is built on top of JDeveloper, not Eclipse. Furthermore, I now believe that a good BPM 2.0 product should also have a version of its tool running in the web browser. Not just a process documentation tool like Lombardi’s cute Blueprint, but a full-blown process development environment. Such a tool should run within any web browser (at least Internet Explore, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome), and support the development of fully-executable processes using pre-packaged services. It might not use an advanced data mapping tool like what you’ll find in Intalio|Designer or Oracle’s BPM Studio, but something a bit simpler like what Coghead uses for example. So here is how we would re-write this requirement today: Advanced IDE-based Tool + Basic Browser-based Tool.
Loved by ABAP, PHP and VB Folks
With such a statement, we meant that the tool should be usable by less-technical developers rather than just J2EE gurus. We still very much believe in such a requirement, but the list of languages needs to be updated. VB should be replaced by .Net, and Ruby should definitely be added to the list. So here is what this critical statement becomes: Loved by ABAP, .Net, PHP, and Ruby Folks.
Open Source Process Engine
This one, I must admit, was totally self serving. While we passionately believe in the benefits of a Commercial Open Source Model (COSMO), there is no reason why we should make it a requirement. If customers would rather pay a lot of money for closed-source software, they should be free to do so, and more power to them — yet less money left to them afterwards… This rule simply goes away.
Get Started Today, Free of Charge
Much like the previous one, this one was entirely self serving as well, for the very same reason, and should not be kept moving forward. Again, if you want to pay more for less, there is not much we can do to help. But if you want BPM 2.0 free of charge today, you know where to find it.
So, without further ado, here is the new list:
This is a preliminary list, and we will add new elements to it in the coming days.
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