SOA + BPM: EAI evolves

first_imgAcronym and lovers of jargon have celebrated a pleasant holiday.  A new Forrester Wave study that came out just before Christmas created new BPM-space acronyms.  Forrester now divides BPM into two halves: IC-BPMS (Integration-Centric Business Process Management Suite) and HC-BPMS (Human-Centric Business Process Management Suite) . Other than the convoluted names, the study has some valuable information, and the report has been made available free by a number of vendors who placed well among the thirteen companies covered, like webMethods.Forrester had previously covered a space called “integration suite” representing products with Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) capabilities, but they found that the introduction of SOA technology has changed the space.  EAI has now evolved into IC-BPMS. Part of the reason for the switch in naming is that they think that product offerings over just the last 4-5 years have changed dramatically.  Vendor offerings that had been closed and proprietary are now standards-based, and most vendors have also augmented their products to include embedded Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and enhanced Business Process Management (BPM) capabilities.The Forrester study looked at 85 different criteria and found that webMethods, TIBCO Software, IBM, and Sun were the category leaders, based on their strengths in connection, BPM and SOA.IC-BPMS products allow composite applications to be constructed using model-based tools and to blend structured, unstructured and metadata stored in SOA-based registries and repositories.  The tools in the category promote reusability of all system components: services, code and data.HC-BPMS products have their origins with workflow and imaging and typically involve intensive human interaction.The report emphasizes a synergy and overlap between capabilities in BPM and SOA and suggest that companies should try to achieve the benefits of both with new implementations.webMethods was considered the leader in this category, although it is the smallest of the top-ranked vendors.  Somewhat of a surprise, Sun ranked well too because of their 2005 acquisition of SeeBeyond Technologies, a company with a J2EE-based solution.last_img

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