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Likelihood to Recommend

IBM BPM

Have your process first on paperIts important to first document the process before venturing into BPMS. It will save a lot of pain and heartaches. A BPM tool is nomagic bullet, it merely automates your process. Its upto you to put visibility and tracking on top of it. Provide monitoring so thatyou get a chance to improve your process continously.BPM is not an applicationIf you are trying to build an application with BPM, chances are that your are alraedy failing. BPM must be a strategic initiative for anorganization. Yes, you build Dashboards, Reports and other software in BPMS, however you do it at a process level not at an applicationlevel.http://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2011/05/bpm-initiative.htmlKnow the difference between process data and business datahttp://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2011/05/lombardi-best-practices.htmlhttp://bpmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/bpm-system-architecture.html
Prasanna Selvaraj | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

Information Server is extremely useful to replace manual developments that require a lot of coding effort. It significantly increases the productivity of the initial development and the future maintenance of the processes since it has a visual development environment with self-documentation.
Karina Gonzalez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

IBM BPM
8.6
InfoSphere
Dashboards
IBM BPM
8.9
InfoSphere
Standard reports
IBM BPM
7.9
InfoSphere
Custom reports
IBM BPM
8.9
InfoSphere

Process Engine

IBM BPM
7.5
InfoSphere
Process designer
IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
Process simulation
IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
Business rules engine
IBM BPM
7.0
InfoSphere
SOA support
IBM BPM
5.0
InfoSphere
Process player
IBM BPM
7.0
InfoSphere
Support for modeling languages
IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
Form builder
IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
Model execution
IBM BPM
9.0
InfoSphere

Collaboration

IBM BPM
5.0
InfoSphere
Social collaboration tools
IBM BPM
5.0
InfoSphere

Content Management Capabilties

IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
Content management
IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere

Data Source Connection

IBM BPM
InfoSphere
8.4
Connect to traditional data sources
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.3
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
7.5

Data Transformations

IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.8
Simple transformations
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
10.0
Complex transformations
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.7

Data Modeling

IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.1
Data model creation
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.9
Metadata management
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.1
Business rules and workflow
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.4
Collaboration
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.2
Testing and debugging
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
7.1
feature 1
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
10.0

Data Governance

IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.9
Integration with data quality tools
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
10.0
Integration with MDM tools
IBM BPM
InfoSphere
9.9

Pros

IBM BPM

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

  • IIS best for ETL ,not ELT , and many and diffrent source systems.
  • It also can process big data , unstuctured data
  • It is not only DWH , you can use infosphere for analys and see the bigger architecture of your OLTP systems
Gunes INAL | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM BPM

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

  • I would be nice to have a new web development environment for DataStage.
  • Connectivity Packs such as Pack for SAP Application are a little pricey.
  • It is confusing for new developers the possibility of developing jobs using different execution engines such as Parallel or Server.
Gonzalo Angeleri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

IBM BPM

IBM BPM 8.0
Based on 4 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 8.0
Based on 1 answer
  • Scale of implementation
  • IBM techsupport
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM BPM

IBM BPM 8.0
Based on 2 answers
• 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very usable and user accessible
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

IBM BPM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

InfoSphere

InfoSphere 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Information does load quick, but it depends on what's being done, the backend database seems to be the biggest bottleneck
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM BPM

IBM BPM 8.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

In-Person Training

IBM BPM

IBM BPM 9.0
Based on 1 answer
• 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

IBM BPM

IBM BPM 9.0
Based on 1 answer
• 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)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

IBM BPM

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 IBMIts 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.
Prasanna Selvaraj | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

DataStage is more robust and stable than ODIThe ability to perform complex transformations or implement business rules is much more developed in DS
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

IBM BPM

IBM BPM 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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
Scott Francis | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

IBM BPM

  • 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.
Keshava Murthy B S | TrustRadius Reviewer

InfoSphere

  • If you don't use all of the product family, it will be expensive. But if you want to plan use all the products and you will position it in the center of your infrastructure ROI will be effective.
Gunes INAL | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM BPM

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

InfoSphere

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
8.0

Usability

IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere
9.0

Performance

IBM BPM
InfoSphere
8.0

Support Rating

IBM BPM
8.0
InfoSphere

In-Person Training

IBM BPM
9.0
InfoSphere

Implementation Rating

IBM BPM
9.0
InfoSphere

Scalability

IBM BPM
10.0
InfoSphere

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