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Jan 18 2010   7:13PM GMT

Mergers highlight the relationship of BPM and SOA



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Several recent mergers have changed the BPM landscape. Earlier this month Progress picked up Savvion, IBM moved to purchase Lombardi in December, and in July Software AG made an offer for IDS Scheer.

Savvion makes BusinessManager, a BPM system that includes an IDE and process server. Savvion also offers BPM tools tuned specifically to the needs of banking, communications, and life sciences companies. “We liked the fact that Savvion could actually handle events and respond within business processes,” said John Bates, CTO at Progress, in a recent SearchSOA.com story on the merger.

Lombardi makes Blueprint, a cloud-based BPM tool designed to allow for collaborative process management, and Teamworks, a BPM application development platform. In a SearchSOA story on the acquisition, Craig Hayman, general manager, IBM Application and Integration Middleware, suggested the purchase of Lombardi would improve IBM’s “people-centric” BPM portfolio.

IDS Scheer is the maker of ARIS, a line of business process management tools. The tools are specialized to cover specific tasks, such as workflow and modeling, and integration with specific technologies, such as Six Sigma and SAP. Software AG’s purchase of IDS Scheer allows it to offer a more vertical software stack and adds a counterpart for its webMethods SOA tools suite. This merger of two German firms is still wending its way through a complex stock proxy process.

The pairing of BPM and SOA is viewed by many as a way to align the efforts of the business and IT departments, though some skeptics have doubts. By acquiring pure-play BPM vendors Savvion, Lombardi and IDS Scheer, SOA tool houses Progress, IBM and Software AG, respectively, seem to be leading the way toward implementations that prove the compatibility of SOA and BPM.

IDS Scheer is the maker of ARIS, a line of business process management tools. The tools are specialized to cover specific tasks, such as workflow and modeling, and integration with specific technologies, such as Six Sigma and SAP. Software AG’s purchase of IDS Scheer allows it to offer a more vertical software stack and adds a good counterpart for its webMethods SOA tools suite. This merger of two German firms is still wending its way through a complex stock proxy process.

The pairing of BPM and SOA is viewed by many as a way to align the efforts of the business and IT departments, though little evidence exists beyond conceptual logic. By acquiring pure-play BPM vendors Savvion, Lombardi, and IDS Scheer, Progress, IBM, and Software AG–which each offer notable SOA tools– respectively seem to be leading the way toward implementations that prove the compatibility of SOA and BPM.

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