Unisys plans to enter the business process modelling market next month with a new service called Business Blueprints.
The service will help developers in a variety of vertical sectors produce high-level models of their software using blueprints provided by Unisys.
This kind of service should be useful to developers who are looking for an easier way to knit together applications from different software suppliers into a single business process, said Forrester Research vice-president Mike Gilpin.
Unisys consultants will "first work with clients to design a blueprint of a particular business process using modelling tools built on industry standards," the company said.
"Clients are able to then decide which parts of the blueprint need to be custom developed; which parts they can pull from existing assets; and which ones they can tap into from a library of business process components offered by Unisys."
The company will target a number of vertical markets including life insurance policy generation, claims management, voice messaging and airlines reservations.
As emerging web services standards, such as Business Process Execution Language for Web Services, define standard ways of talking about business processes, more suppliers will begin offering similar products, Gilpin said.
Suppliers such as IBM and webMethods are also moving into this market, he said.
Business process definitions would be useful, for example, in eliminating the three-day waiting period that investors experience between selling and collecting on a shares trade, Gilpin said.
"The three days gives time for [financial] systems to do order-matching," he said. "There is a lengthy process with lots of people manually doing this. One of the ways you can get from three days to one is by automating it and making it flow through this kind of business process system."
Unisys will release more details of its Business Blueprints service on 10 June.