Business process first, then the applications

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Business process first, then the applications

Cliff Saran

Business process management will sever the link between business rules and IT systems, according to Butler Group principal research analyst Mike Thompson.

The transformation would happen over the next two years, said Thompson, who is due to speak tomorrow (17 November) at the Butler Group Business Process Management and Integration Symposium in London.

Companies already using a business process management approach included Barclaycard and Visa, said Thompson.

Traditionally, rules to control business processes had been hard-coded into applications, which made the applications inflexible, he said.

A better approach is to define the business process first and then decide on the applications required to complete the process. Rules that control the business process determine what IT integration is required.

Business process management technology allows users to change rules quickly. Tibco is one of the few mainstream suppliers to offer this type of technology, but Thompson said smaller companies such as Fuego, Jacada Fusion, Chordiant and Ilog also had viable products.

l Today, Ilog is launching a .net version of its Business Rule Management Systems product line, which it said allows users to implement business processes using Microsoft's applications and development tools environment.

More on the Butler symposium at www.butlergroup.com

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