Tibco Software and webMethods are both boosting their profiles in business activity monitoring. Meanwhile, Oracle revealed plans to jump into the business activity monitoring fray this summer.
Tibco last week shipped OpsFactor 1.0, which provides insights into business operations being orchestrated by the company's BusinessWorks business integration software.
OpsFactor features dashboards that display real-time information and performance indicators that reflect business goals. The offering allows IT managers to adjust resources to meet business objectives, Tibco said.
Business activity monitoring differs from business intelligence (BI) in that information is accessed directly from the message infrastructure rather than from a datamart, said Scott Fingerhut, general manager of business optimisation at Tibco.
Business activity monitoring leverages the concepts of BI from an information and analytics perspective, said Mark Smith, chief executive and senior vice-president of research at Ventana Research.
"But [business activity monitoring] goes beyond this and includes event management, rules, and workflow that enables intuitive methods to discover events that are relevant and actionable," Smith said.
OpsFactor includes an embedded version of Tibco BusinessFactor 4.2, a palette design module, and a browser-based desktop.
Meanwhile, webMethods last week introduced Business Process Report Card, providing visibility into real-time operations of business processes, with a baseline of performance metrics to determine how well users are meeting business commitments.
Oracle this summer will unwrap Business Activity Manager. The business activity monitoring module can correlate and analyse separate events such as RFID scans or application events.
Paul Krill writes for Infoworld