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Differentiating BPM Suites

By Romeo Elias on Sat, Apr 02, 2011 @ 08:30 PM

Topics: BPM Suite

There are various BPM Suites available on the market today. One interesting differentiating factor among them is their ability to handle data outside the context of a workflow.  For example, what if your process involved maintaining an inventory database requiring a process for retrieving an item from inventory?  A typical BPM Suite will require that you have a separate database created, i.e. Oracle or SQL, then you have to connect the workflow engine to it.  As these suites don’t include a database for storing data, you are required to create the database somewhere else. Some may even require the creation of a predefined workflow with one activity that enables you to insert records into the database.  Although these suites can get you to where you want, they are trying to fit a square peg to a round hole and the solution can be kludgy.

However a different breed of BPM Suites which include a full development environment and an integrated database are available.  With these types it’s very easy to define a form which generates a database structure and enables you to store or import inventory data. They also include the BPM workflow engine which allows you to initiate the process to retrieve the inventory item as your process dictates.   For many of these BPM suites the built-in development environment is also targeted towards business analysts thus not requiring programming and or database design knowledge.  The combination of BPM capabilities, development environment and a built-in database provides a robust and flexible suite of solutions to enable the rapid ease of deployment giving you the best fit for the most complex business processes.

Romeo Elias

Written by Romeo Elias

Romeo Elias is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Intellect, an award winning leader in the SaaS enterprise software industry with a focus on enterprise Quality Management Software and Business Process Management (BPM). Romeo is a visionary executive, thought leader and advocate for business friendly software that requires No Programming and empowers everyone to innovate. Romeo has overseen Intellect's growth from its founding in 2000 to a high growth software company with hundreds of happy customers. Romeo is a patented inventor, entrepreneur advisor, and board member of Intellect. Prior to Intellect, Romeo worked in the consumer electronics space, overseeing the engineering design and development of handheld electronics, and previously was the founder of a web development firm. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and MS in Manufacturing Engineering from UCLA.