New Trend: Companies Adding Intelligence to Business Processes

    What’s great about covering technology is that it’s always evolving, so there’s always something new.

    What’s not so great: There’s always a new Three Letter Acronym (TLA).

    Case in point: Gartner’s identified a new trend where businesses are integrating analytics with their business processes and the supporting applications. Basically, they do this by adding on to their existing business process management systems (BPMS).

    And, of course, Gartner came up with a TLA for this new strategy: “intelligent business operations,” or IBO.

    You have no idea how hard it is for me not to snipe at this one.

    Gartner seems to think this is a major trend; so much so, it’s redefined its BPM Magic Quadrant report as the new iBPMS report to reflect adding “intelligent” to BPM. It also warns that you shouldn’t compare this new Magic Quadrant to last year’s BPMS report, because this changes everything.

    “IBO represents a significant shift in BPM tool capabilities, and the iBPMS Magic Quadrant evaluates vendors against the new capabilities required to satisfy the IBO use case,” the report notes. “Our research indicates that the IBO use case represents the future of BPM tools and is experiencing rapid adoption. We believe all organizations, not just early adopters, need to factor IBO into their BPM planning horizons.”

    The report also looks at the 10 core components of iBPMS.

    Appian, Pegasystems and IBM rank as leaders in intelligent business process management so Appian and Pegasystems are offering it for free download. If you don’t like to provide basic user information to vendors, then you can always buy the report from Gartner for a mere $1,995.

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    Loraine Lawson
    Loraine Lawson
    Loraine Lawson is a freelance writer specializing in technology and business issues, including integration, health care IT, cloud and Big Data.

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