Metastorm adds BAM to business process management

Metastorm will add BAM (business activity monitoring) to its BPM (business process management) tools.

Metastorm will add BAM (business activity monitoring) to its BPM (business process management) tools.

For Metastorm, a BPM enterprise application supplier e-Work, Version 6, is a major upgrade. It features the ability to create components called "map segments", which allow a process to be broken down into "reusable chunks", said Doug Gruber, director of product development at Metastorm.

David Kelly, an industry analyst at Upside Research, said that BAM is the single most important upgrade to the e-Work application suite.

"Being able to monitor processes and react to what you are processing is where the value is in automating your business process," Kelly said.

"To establish metrics, monitor the metrics, and then change the business process based on the results is clearly a direction that all of the BPM applications need to go to."

According to Eileen Garry, vice-president of marketing at Metastorm, the latest version designs the application for complex enterprise-level processes across mission-critical applications for internal operations, risk management and supply-chain operations.

As BPM software's feature set grows and its capabilities move beyond simple business processes, BPM suppliers may be securing their own long-term existence in the software industry, said Metastorm's chief executive officer Bob Farrell.

"IBM, Oracle, and Business Objects could decide they are going to gobble up all the BPMs and incorporate them in their stack, but the problem is BPM is taking on a strength of its own," Farrell added.

Ephraim Schwartz writes for InfoWorld

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Metastorm brings BPM modeling to Azure cloud computing platform Business process management (BPM) house Metastorm has joined the fledgling ''BPM in the cloud'' movement, releasing a cloud computing-based version of its BPM modeling tools. Metastorm joins Appian, Cordys and others testing the waters of cloud-hosted software for BPM. Notably, the Metastorm offering operate in the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Metastorm M3 comprises a popular subset of its modeling tools for business process building. Supported model types include process/workflow, activity, rule, project, requirement, location and other models. Business users employing the tools can chat, whiteboard and annotate models online. The subset of Metastorm models can share a subset of Metastorm objects. ''We are using Azure to host our M3 Modeler,'' said Greg Carter, CTO, MetaStorm. ''The host and repository you store models in are on the Azure platform.'' ''It's like a gigantic copy of Windows on the cloud,'' he said, noting that M3 modeling also supports private cloud and on-premise architectures. While the runtime deployment of the BPM software still resides 'off-cloud,' one can picture a hosted runtime as a next step. The software could help cut time-to-deployment, allowing business teams to forge their models and bring process re-engineering long before IT installs runtime software and hardware. At the same time it released M3, Metastorm also announced an enterprise mashup system that allows Metastorm's software and other applications to be accessed from a single user interface.

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