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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

MS SharePoint / SQL

I think MS SharePoint is well suited for larger organizations, but not as much so for smaller organizations. The amount of customization and setup time may be a time suck for smaller organizations. I suggest that any companies that consider using SharePoint have a robust IT department to set up and administer the software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

IBM BPM
2.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Dashboards
IBM BPM
2.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Standard reports
IBM BPM
2.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Custom reports
IBM BPM
2.0
MS SharePoint / SQL

Process Engine

IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Process designer
IBM BPM
9.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Process simulation
IBM BPM
7.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Business rules engine
IBM BPM
10.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
SOA support
IBM BPM
9.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Process player
IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Support for modeling languages
IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Form builder
IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Model execution
IBM BPM
5.0
MS SharePoint / SQL

Collaboration

IBM BPM
4.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Social collaboration tools
IBM BPM
4.0
MS SharePoint / SQL

Content Management Capabilties

IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
Content management
IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL

BI Standard Reporting

IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.7
Pixel Perfect reports
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.4
Customizable dashboards
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.1
Report Formatting Templates
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.7

Ad-hoc Reporting

IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.0
Drill-down analysis
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.7
Formatting capabilities
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.9
Integration with R or other statistical packages
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.0
Report sharing and collaboration
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.2

Report Output and Scheduling

IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.2
Publish to Web
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.4
Publish to PDF
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.2
Report Versioning
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.6
Report Delivery Scheduling
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.0

Data Discovery and Visualization

IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.9
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.1
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.9
Predictive Analytics
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.7

Access Control and Security

IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.9
Multi-User Support (named login)
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.8
Role-Based Security Model
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.9
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.9
Single Sign-On (SSO)
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
9.0

Mobile Capabilities

IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.0
Responsive Design for Web Access
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.5
Dedicated iOS Application
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.1
Dedicated Android Application
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.1
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.4

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.2
REST API
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.7
Javascript API
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.4
iFrames
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.2
Java API
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.1
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
IBM BPM
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.7

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

MS SharePoint / SQL

  • Flexible - able to make any changes we would like vs traditional service desk system.
  • ROI - We were already using SharePoint for internal intranet, so we are simply getting more use out of licensing we had already committed to.
  • Easy to use for end users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM BPM

  • Performance - due to high I/O with DB some of the times the flow responds slowly to changes.
  • Supporting coarse-grained services. Some of the services with nested objects and cyclical references do not generate the types on the BPM side.
  • Support a higher number of in flight instances - the system chokes and behaves erratically once the active instances goes above 20K.
Keshava Murthy B S | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint / SQL

  • It is hard to setup and nightmare
  • It requires a of infrastructure, thus it could be costly because of requirement and licensing required for everything to run smoothly
  • If it is not setup and organized properly from the beginning it could be maintenance nightmare
  • It is hard to have "test" environment to do patches or similar
Anonymous | 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

MS SharePoint / SQL

MS SharePoint / SQL 8.8
Based on 7 answers
This was a long-term buy-in from a corporate perspective, to remain in the SharePoint space. Migration is certainly possible, which is good for planning and having options further out. At this point, the only planned migration is to eventually move the architecture up to SharePoint/SQL 2013. At that point, we will be able to leverage some greater efficiencies, some enhanced content design and management features, and some more current social features. It is well worth a full consideration in any shop looking at a new implementation of or migration to SharePoint (although you will probably be considering 2013 versions or beyond in those discussions), but the platform should be a strong competitor to any alternatives. Realizing the capability of a fully-branded and customized website was not part of the original choice for the architecture at Lincoln, but seeing it implemented and functioning now with this capacity far beyond original expectations has certainly cemented plans to continue using it.
Tim Ritter | 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

MS SharePoint / SQL

MS SharePoint / SQL 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Over all very similar to other microsoft products
John Dopson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

IBM BPM

IBM BPM 9.0
Based on 1 answer
• Always get a response to a support ticket in less than 2 hours
• Urgent tickets are usually responded to within 15 minutes
• Support staff generally are familiar with our setup and it’s not necessary to explain things multiple times – frequently talk to the same person who is very familiar with our setup
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint / SQL

MS SharePoint / SQL 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Microsoft have good local teams
Vadim Malkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

MS SharePoint / SQL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

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

MS SharePoint / SQL

MS SharePoint / SQL 7.0
Based on 2 answers
Not implemented in best practice way, there are many customizations
Vadim Malkin | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

MS SharePoint / SQL

MS Sharepoint costs less and stacks up very well with the other tools. It has excellent updates and continuous improvement from microsoft. It has great integration capability with other Microsoft tools. It can also be used to create reports, post URL's, documents, download files and create dashboards. It does not crash and can be easily adapted by any organization.
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

MS SharePoint / SQL

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

IBM BPM

  • In the case of retail origination, the back office required for processing was reduced by 50%. The cases sent to credit assessment were also reduced by 50%. The quality at the origin was improved by 10%.
  • By having detailed tracking for each request, the audit reports stopped being unfavorable.
  • It is a fundamental pillar in our digital growth, allowing us to align our processes to our business needs.
Efrain Pereiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

MS SharePoint / SQL

  • I've installed SharePoint in many different industries and each industry has seen greater collaboration among their teams both locally and nationally. The ability to collaborate more efficiently has reduced the need to have employees centrally located.
  • Companies which have used SharePoint in a end user training portal have had great ROI, since they can create the content once and share with all their users who subscribe to their training service. The web content management aspect of SharePoint is a very helpful feature.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM BPM

General

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

MS SharePoint / SQL

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM BPM
9.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
8.8

Usability

IBM BPM
8.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.0

Support

IBM BPM
9.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.0

In-Person Training

IBM BPM
9.0
MS SharePoint / SQL

Implementation

IBM BPM
9.0
MS SharePoint / SQL
7.0

Scalability

IBM BPM
10.0
MS SharePoint / SQL

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