Part I of this blog series introduced the notions of workflow automation and business process management (BPM). It also tackled the similarities and subtle differences between the two related software categories.
Microsoft, for example, informally demarcates the Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) focus on "internal processes" from Microsoft BizTalk Server's "external BPM" use. Namely
BPM market remains quite stratified , whereby there seems to be a number of powerful and full fledged BPM software packages (e.g., from IDS Scheer, Appian, Tibco, Lombardi, Ultimus, Fujitsu, Oracle-BEA Systems, Metastorm , etc.), many of which can be found in TEC ’s BPM Evaluation Center . BPM is considered one of the most overlooked trends in enterprise applications today. In fact, it is increasingly becoming a native part of the IBM WebSphere ( best shown by the recent acquisition of ILOG ), SAP