Pegasystems CEO Previews Version 7 of BPM Platform

    Pegasystems is out to erase the traditional boundaries between IT and the business with a forthcoming release of the company’s business process management (BPM) software that makes it easier to visually model processes in a way that creates much more appealing and robust applications.

    Speaking today at the PegaWorld 2013 conference, Pegasystems CEO Alan Trefler said version 7 of the company’s namesake BPM platform will make it easier for business users and IT professionals to collaboratively create applications that don’t require traditional programming skills to develop.

    Those applications, rendered in Java, will soon be much more accessible on version 7 of the company’s BPM platform using browsers that support interfaces based on HTML5 and version 3.0 of the Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) specification, says Trefler.

    Trefler says that Pegasystems is out to change how organizations think about becoming a truly digital business by allowing them to model applications in ways that are tightly coupled to specific business processes. Rather than hardcoding those applications, Trefler argues that modeling tools allow organizations to build applications that are more agile in the sense that they were built to dynamically adjust to future changes in the underlying business process.

    Version 7 of the Pegasystems BPM will also include more predictive and adaptive analytics capabilities that will allow business to more easily run what-if scenarios against various business process models or automate next-best decision making processes in real time.

    Two years in the making and available both on-premise and in the cloud, version 7 of Pegasystems BPM should be out this summer.

    While many organization have embraced BPM to one degree or another, the challenge many of them face is moving from a traditional application development framework managed by IT to a more collaborative approach to build applications using modeling tools. But as the demand for greater business agility increases, the greater the likelihood that a more adaptive approach to collaboratively building applications is finally going to resonate. The challenge, of course, is putting the BPM tools in place that allow that collaboration to occur in the first place.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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