This is about the strengths and weaknesses of IBM Blueworks BPM along with a viable alternative for Blueworks (Tallyfy). Much of it is borrowed from Gartner, with some portions edited and cleaned up.
IBM is enhancing the intelligence of its Smarter Process products through the use of complementary Watson technologies, resulting in what it calls Cognitive Business Operations. It also improved cloud-based deployments by enhancements in Blueworks Live and a licensing approach that allows customers to apply purchase credits to either on-premises or cloud versions of BPM. This review centers on IBM Business Process Manager v.8.5.6, IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud, Blueworks Live, Operational Decision Manager (ODM) Advanced v.8.7 and Business Monitor v.8.5.6. iBPMS projects also may include IBM Analytical Decision Management, IBM Bluemix, IBM Streams, IBM FileNet Content Manager, IBM Integration Bus, IBM MobileFirst Platform and other products.
Strengths of IBM Blueworks and IBM BPM
- IBM offers a notably broad set of product features, capable of supplying almost any function desired to address the eight dimensions of the Gartner Process IQ Framework. Its products support most relevant industry standards, so developers can readily mix and match IBM products with software from other vendors.
- IBM is a leader in decision management and analytics, including rule processing in IBM BPM and ODM, BAM in IBM BPM and Business Monitor, CEP in IBM ODM Advanced and IBM Streams, and advanced analysis in Watson Analytics and Watson cognitive services.
- IBM has made it easier for business people to participate in development through enhancements in Blueworks Live and a new Simple Process Accelerator process design tool. IBM Business Process Manager also helps business users execute unfamiliar or complex tasks at runtime using its familiar Process Coach UIs.
Weaknesses of IBM Blueworks and IBM BPM
- IBM BPM-based systems can be challenging to design, configure and deploy because most advanced applications require combining multiple products and setting many parameters and options. IBM products overlap each other in content management, business rule processing, BAM, CEP, portal, workflow/orchestration, alerting and other capabilities.
- Customer references surveyed by Gartner provided lukewarm feedback on overall satisfaction relative to some other iBPMS vendors.
- Customers report that IBM Business Process Manager requires a relatively high level of skills, an issue particularly in small projects using the on-premises IBM products. However, people with skills in the product appear to be more available than in past years.
Alternative to Blueworks BPM — Tallyfy
Problem — old BPM makes modelling complicated
A great alternative to Blueworks would be the ability to model processes simply. Just because you have some big BPMN model doesn’t make you clever or useful. In the end, people can/will still have to actually do the process, which comes down to email/spreadsheets (unless you want a 6-month IT project). It’s simply ridiculous to use BPMN in today’s age — where people collaborate and don’t follow flowcharts anyway. Any alternative to Blueworks must entirely remove the use of flowcharts and in particular — BPMN. Unlike what you’ve heard about BPMN — it’s not a “standard” at all — as each vendor creates their own flavor of it. This makes the much-touted “standard” and “portability” aspect of it next to impossible to achieve.
Tallyfy uses simple lists that still have all the features of flowcharts
Problem — just IT and process analysts map processes. Managers crave real power to map a process themselves
Tallyfy is the only tool that enables collaboration amongst any kind of role/person — since most people understand the simplicity of the tool in 60 seconds. The alternative to Blueworks is not really an alternative at all — it’s an inevitable switch.
Problem — nobody looks at process maps. You need your processes to be in simple, executable list format
This means you need workflow software like Tallyfy that actually provides that simplicity, along with the power you need.
Consider a beautiful alternative to IBM Blueworks — Tallyfy
It integrates to everything, and it actually works for everyone.
Take a look at a video demo of Tallyfy below, as a viable, user-friendly alternative to Blueworks.