Gartner has quietly announced a change in the way it defines BPM Suites.
Gartner’s Janelle Hill has published the new BPMS specifications in her latest blog
Her announcement states:
“Below is our depiction of the full functionality found in a good BPMS”
And behold, the old BPMS has now changed.
The new 10 technologies required in a BPMS:
- Process execution and state management engine
- Model driven development environment
- Document and content management
- User and group collaboration
- System connectivity
- Business events, BI & BAM
- Inline and offline simulation and optimization
- Business rules management
- System management and administration
- Process component registry/repository
If you compare it to previous BPMS definitions by Gartner (for example in last year’s Magic Quadrant for Business Process Management Suites), you will see two major additions:
1. Document and content management.
2. Inline and offline simulation (instead of just simulation)
Document and content management are usually the domain of ECM vendors.
Including them as part of a BPM Suite is something new.
Is BPM expanding? Does this mean that BPMS will now be required to include ECM?