I had an email recently from a self-proclaimed BPMS newbie, and I thought that I’d publish his questions and my answers. Feel free to drop in your comments on any of these.
Q1. I couldn’t find any single BPMS product built on PHP language. All of them were built using either Java or .NET. Are there any php-based BPMS products in the market?
A1. I’m unaware of any BPM products built on PHP. Most products are targeted at inside-the-firewall applications, and PHP is less commonly used there than for outward-facing applications.
Q2. Most BPMS vendors ignored Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Could you please give me list of vendors offering BPMS product for SMEs?
A2. Okay, this isn’t really my answer since I’m not going to start a vendor war in the comments (or in my inbox) by naming the vendors that I listed back in reply, but suffice to say that the smaller and newer vendors came to mind. If you have any thoughts on a particular product and its suitability for the SME market, join the conversation in the comments section.
Q3. I tried to explore BPMS products available on the market. I couldn’t find any product that is fully web-based. I want a BPMS product that all of its software (modelling tool, work portal, dashboard, etc.) can be access through web using a “plain” standard-compliant web browser (without Java Applet, ActiveX, etc). Are there any fully web-based BPMS product in the market?
A3. This is something that I constantly nag the vendors about. As far as I know, no one is offering the modelling and administration tools in a zero-footprint browser environment yet, and many of them don’t even offer browser-based solutions at all. In all cases that I know of, the standard work portal for users tends to be a much more lightweight environment.
Q4. It looks like there’s no vendors offering BPMS as a service (like salesforce.com). Do you know any vendor offering BPMS as a service?
A4. There was one, The Process Factory, which was backed by Global 360 but they lost their funding earlier this year — there was an article about them last year (www.it-analysis.com/content.php?articleid=12707) and I know a couple of the people who were involved in it. Other than that, none that I’m aware of although I’m sure that there are some niche players in the market.