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Feature Set Ratings

  • IBM Business Automation Workflow ranks higher in 4 feature sets: Reporting & Analytics, Process Engine, Collaboration, Content Management Capabilties

Reporting & Analytics

10.0

IBM Business Automation Workflow

100%
6.7

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

67%
IBM Business Automation Workflow ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

10.0
100%
4 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Standard reports

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Custom reports

10.0
100%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Process Engine

9.9

IBM Business Automation Workflow

99%
8.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

80%
IBM Business Automation Workflow ranks higher in 7/8 features

Process designer

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
10.0
100%
1 Rating

Process simulation

9.9
99%
3 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Business rules engine

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

SOA support

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Process player

9.9
99%
3 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Support for modeling languages

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Form builder

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Model execution

10.0
100%
4 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Collaboration

9.9

IBM Business Automation Workflow

99%
5.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

50%
IBM Business Automation Workflow ranks higher in 1/1 features

Social collaboration tools

9.9
99%
3 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Content Management Capabilties

9.9

IBM Business Automation Workflow

99%
5.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

50%
IBM Business Automation Workflow ranks higher in 1/1 features

Content management

9.9
99%
4 Ratings
5.0
50%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM Business Automation Workflow is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.9

IBM Business Automation Workflow

99%
8 Ratings
8.0

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

8.0

IBM Business Automation Workflow

80%
4 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.0

IBM Business Automation Workflow

80%
2 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

IBM Business Automation Workflow

80%
3 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

In-Person Training

9.0

IBM Business Automation Workflow

90%
1 Rating

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.0

IBM Business Automation Workflow

90%
2 Ratings

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

10.0

IBM Business Automation Workflow

100%
1 Rating

webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

Have your process first on paper Its important to first document the process before venturing into BPMS. It will save a lot of pain and heartaches. A BPM tool is no magic bullet, it merely automates your process. Its upto you to put visibility and tracking on top of it. Provide monitoring so that you get a chance to improve your process continously. BPM is not an application If you are trying to build an application with BPM, chances are that your are alraedy failing. BPM must be a strategic initiative for an organization. Yes, you build Dashboards, Reports and other software in BPMS, however you do it at a process level not at an application level. http://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2011/05/bpm-initiative.html Know the difference between process data and business data http://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2011/05/lombardi-best-practices.html http://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/bpm-system-architecture.html
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Software AG

Where webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) is well suited is for any use case where there is a business process that can executed over a long period of time (days rather than seconds) and that traverses multiple business applications and/or multiple lines of business and requires manual input from end users to approve or action specific steps. It is not well-suited for any business processes that can be distilled into a traditional integration solution between business applications that does not involve manual end user input, these types of uses cases will execute more efficiently on a traditional integration broker or enterprise service bus style solution.
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Pros

IBM

  • System does a great job normalizing business process and automating order processing tasks. Before TeamWorks, the process was much more manual and more expensive staff ($65k to $70K) were required to manage the process. Since implementing TeamWorks, we need much lower-skilled workers to manage order processing.
  • System ensures that we have consistent data across all systems.
  • Rules engine is really the “company playbook” – it is the heart and soul of how the company works. It handles thousands of orders per day
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Software AG

  • Great process design user interface and usability
  • Excellent tools for monitoring processes at runtime
  • Business rules can be managed and updated by non-technical resources
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Cons

IBM

  • The system gets crashed when many instances go into the queue stage. The system even crashes and sometimes restarts automatically when the load on the server increases. We had to develop a separate software for this and maintain the same.
  • We cannot manipulate the data during run time. It is difficult to develop user-interfaces with complex functionality.
  • In order to consume external services that follow HTTP protocol, we need to use IDE for that, and consuming services from IDE takes a lot of time to give a response.
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Software AG

  • Pricing is opaque and higher than we'd like
  • Some of the user interfaces are outdated and looking their age
  • Require buy in from business to achieve return on investment
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Pricing Details

IBM Business Automation Workflow

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM Business Automation Workflow editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      IBM

      This particular decision will be made by other people. Overall IBM BPM is the best BPM engine that I have worked with. It is implemented at our company and IT and business are already somewhat familiar with it. Therefore if asked I will recommend renewal as long as the price is reasonable.
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      Software AG

      No answers on this topic

      Usability

      IBM

      • The system is easy enough to use but, by definition, is a complex tool. However, they have done a good job generally balancing tool complexity / capability with usability. When comparing to MS Biz Talk, for example, Biz Talk has less functionality but is actually harder to use.
      • Software is very flexible. For somebody with the right technical background, it’s quite easy to write some Java code to overcome any hurdles or make the product do what is needed
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      Software AG

      No answers on this topic

      Support Rating

      IBM

      Issues can be raised through tickets and it works based on the priority of the issue. The Support Team response is also good and the solution is provided in a short span of time. In a case where the issue is serious, they try to find out the root cause and provide an alternative for it.
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      Software AG

      No answers on this topic

      In-Person Training

      IBM

      • Attended on premise sysadmin training for 4 days, 8 hours per day. Although further follow-up training was available, I never felt the need to go back. Training was very hands-on with real modeling (rather than just following a manual). Very effective.
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      Software AG

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      IBM

      • Very satisfied – not too difficult at all.
      • We had a consultant available as part of our contract, but we didn’t really need to use (except for some advice on ActiveDirectory and single sign-on)
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      Software AG

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      IBM

      Pega Pega is a comprehensive suite which offers a unique theme of BPM development in the market. A no-coding approach based on rules with inheritance makes Pega a very powerful product. However Pega, falls short on integration centric capabilities and very rigid to customize. On the other hand IBM comes with array of products which suits needs of varying degree. Advanced integration is solved by BPEL Process Server which has support for state based patterns and mediation. Dynamic rules and event management can be solved with WODM, Cloud to on-premise connectivity with Cast Iron, Enterprise gateway and security usecases with DataPower, Social BPM with IBM BPM , WODM, mobify with Worklight. Pega has a little bit of eveything here and there. It solves the dynamic rule management, brings out the flavor of Social BPM and mobility with Antenna ( I guess) and predictive analytics as well in one single suite. There are certain usecases which needs to have a little bit of everything, however this little bits and pieces of functionality when its blows, Pega would have problems to scale. With IBM its a bit nightmare to maintain a variety of technologies, however you can wish to go for one without the other and go for something only when you truly need it. Pega vs IBM Its difficult to pick a winner. In nutshell when you want a full scale BPM with rich integration capabilities go for IBM BPM. On the other hand if you hava mature integration capability already, Pega can yield quick results for you as well. Pega's strength is its methodology. IBM BPM's strength is integration. Actually you can't go wrong with both in terms of implementation. My strong recommendation is to invest time to process analysis and pick a good vendor to support consulting and implementation.
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      Software AG

      We found webMethods Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) to be the most feature complete product in the BPM market when we evaluated it against other products available in the market. It provides the most features, the easiest to use process design and simulation tools, and the most efficient runtime process and rules engine. Just be aware that its pricing reflects this position in the market, but you get what you pay for.
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      Scalability

      IBM

      It scales from small team interactions to business processes serving thousands of employees, as well as straight-through-processing needs that go well beyond. Of course, scale is always in the eye of the beholder, but IBM BPM does a good job of giving you all of the hooks, APIs, and data that you need to take on whatever scaling approaches you need to meet the load
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      Software AG

      No answers on this topic

      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • It has added value to the upper management to give visibility into what is happening at any time in the enterprise.
      • Boosted employee morale because it gives them all the information to work the case/task in a single location.
      • Identifies bottlenecks and improves the turnover.
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      Software AG

      • Initial adoption of BPMS was slow and required buy in from the business, which was only achieved through upper management buy in applying KPIs down the line
      • Once a critical mass of business processes being automated with BPMS is reached, any processes that remain manual will stand out like a sore thumb and the business will be invested to automate those remaining processes too, so adoption of BPMS is like a slow snowball effect
      • Not requiring technical resources such as developer to design and build out processes is a pipe dream and impossible to realise. You will always need experts in the automation tools you apply in your organisation, and webMethods BPMS is no exception
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