Vendors update BPM wares

Two enhanced products have been launched for organisations involved in business process management (BPM).

Two enhanced products have been launched for organisations involved in business process management (BPM).

Fujitsu Software Technology has announced i-Flow 5.0, the latest incarnation of its business process management engine. Fujitsu's i-Flow includes a new server administration console with a view to all log data from the i-Flow server, a documented database and double-byte support.

QLink has released Qlink 4.0, software that sits on a network and acts as an individual system that integrates business processes from a variety of otherwise incompatible applications, according to Steve Horwitz, CEO of QLink. Qlink 4.0 adds support for Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE).

As such, the company is pushing business process management software as an alternative way of integrating applications compared to the more traditional enterprise application integration (EAI) approach.

"Where BPM differs from EAI is that BPM focuses on the development of fully functioning applications and bridges the gap between systems," Horwitz said.

In particular, the company is looking to more closely align the way enterprise applications typically function and the way companies run their businesses, Horwitz said.

"The way you run your business is as much a competitive advantage as the products or services you offer," Horwitz added.

QLink is one of a growing number of companies that are focusing primarily on BPM. Others include Fuego, Versata, Savvion, and Nobilis Software.

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