I just saw a nice demo of Vitria’s new M3O release — just hit beta yesterday — that brings an incredible amount of richness and Web 2.0-ness to the interface: monitoring through RSS feeds, very dynamic drilling down and up in process maps, etc. The demo occurred in the context of a short presentation on the convergence of BPM, Web 2.0 and event processing. The process modeler is now browser-based (or so it appeared; we were looking at a screen capture, not the live product), and has evolved into something that could be used by a business analyst. In the past, Vitria has always been pretty focused on the system-centric end of BPM, but it looks like they’re trying to push both the ability to handle human-centric BPM as well as opening up the modeling environment beyond IT.
Thye’ve done some really interesting things in monitoring, particularly through the use of RSS feeds, allowing mashups, and tying data feeds to maps. Creating dashboards and linkages between the dashboard objects is done graphically.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of M3O: it looks like they’ve done some really nice UI innovations that will definitely push more control into the hands of the business (although their claim that they’re the first vendor to bring together human-centric and integration-centric BPM — and, in fact, that Vitria is the originator of BPM — is a bit of an exaggeration).