In one of my older blog post (Trends in Business Process Management Initiatives), I had tried to gaze into the crystal ball of BPM and predicted some trends to look forward to, in future BPMS versions.
At IBM Impact 2012…it was time to corroborate mine and BPM community expectations with IBM’s new BPM offering. Phil Gilbert showcased IBM BPM V8.0, in one of the most exciting keynotes in a packed general session. With cloud, social, mobile weighing heavy on Impact this year, it was no surprise that IBM BPM V8.0 would be embellished with these colors of the season!
One much desired aspect was expanding the BPM implementations to include new points of engagement tied to mobile and social platforms. The new look of Process center, Decision Center and Blueworks Live extends the Facebook experience into BPM.
Another predicted trend was the use of BPM solutions, not only in process automation and process improvement initiatives, but also as a mechanism for standardizing, optimizing and formalizing business processes. IBM BPM V8.0 matches this with the new Process center support for customer defined governance and lifecycle processes. Users can define their own governance and lifecycle processes, which assist the integration of IBM BPM into broader SDLC processes.
IBM BPM V8.0 is loaded with capabilities to interact with ECM systems like FileNet Content Manager and Microsoft SharePoint. It enables creation of processes that can create, update, search, check in etc. content stored in an ECM repository, enabling business users to incorporate relevant content into the process user experience.
Organizations that start using IBM BPM V8.0 will now be able to include BPM in their mobile strategies on iPhone and iPad.. The mobile app enables:
- Reviewing file attachments: Can be used for additional context or approval
- Attach photos to an existing task: Can be used to attach receipts for expense approval
- View and complete tasks and launch new processes remotely from iPhone/iPad
- REST/JSON APIs for mobile application development for BPM are included.
The new, upgraded WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0 provides a robust platform for IBM BPM V8.0 to achieve high, near continuous availability and scalability for process applications.
With its planned availability date just around the corner i.e May 18, 2012, it’s just a matter of time before this newest BPM offering heralds new future trends for BPM. Stay Tuned.