No Gartner Magic Quadrant for BPMS in the future?

31 Jan

Business Process Management (BPM) products have matured considerably and are now seeing widespread adoption. BPM industry segment has evolved from having standalone products to having full fledged Business Process Management Suites (BPMS). When selecting a BPMS, many organizations rely on reports from leading industry analysts such as Gartner Magic Quadrant, Forrester Wave etc.
I came across this interesting blog post titled BPMS and Gartner’s Quadrant Problem by Doug Henschen on Intelligent Enterprise site. It appears that Gartner may be moving towards a Business Process Platform (BPP) or Integrated Composition Enviroment (ICE) quadrant instead of one for BPMS. BPM is an evolving market and I suppose this is to be expected. This is reflected in the acquisitions of pure play BPMS vendors by more established infrastructure companies: TIBCO’s acquisition of Staffware, BEA buying Feugo and softwareAG acquiring webMethods. All pure play BPMS vendors are potential candidates for acquisition. So does that tilt the balance in favor of infrastructure vendors? It depends on what products are considered to be a part of BPP/ICE – BPMS, middleware, ESB, SOA governance, etc. If it is required that all these be delivered by the same vendor it will favor the heavy weights.

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