Pros and Cons of Software AG — with a Software AG Alternative

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Software AG

This is about the strengths and weaknesses of Software AG BPM along with a viable alternative for Software AG (Tallyfy). Much of it is borrowed from Gartner, with some portions edited and cleaned up.

Software AG historically placed an emphasis on BPM and application integration. In 2015, it combined its high-end webMethods BPMS product with its middleware stack and newer analytic capabilities to produce an integrated Digital Business Platform. This suite addresses a variety of on-premises and cloud-based intelligent process and IoT business situations. This analysis centers on Software AG Digital Business Platform BPMS v.9.9.

Strengths of Software AG BPM

  • The strength of its webMethods BPMS and its high level of event-bus-based integration with Software AG’s middleware stack is well-suited for the business transformation, digitalized process and continuous process improvement use cases.
  • The compatibility and increasing integration of AgileApps with webMethods BPMS make it possible to expand simple, cloud-based AgileApps applications into bigger, more-sophisticated BPMS-based enterprise applications, or to add lightweight extensions quickly to larger, enterprise-scale BPMS systems.
  • webMethods Business Console and Mobile Business Console give business users and IT staff a unified (but complex) view of their current work, monitor the status of processes, manage task assignments and collaborate on managing multiple aspects of the work.

Weaknesses of Software AG BPM

  • Software AG is not a strong competitor for business environments that require only lightweight, fast-time-to-solution, business-user-developed applications. It is more appropriate for highly demanding environments or environments with a mix of lightweight and demanding applications. Software AG’s AgileApps product is not as feature-rich as its IT-oriented webMethods BPMS and not fully integrated into the rest of the Digital Business Platform, although it is improving.
  • Software AG has a reputation for higher prices than many of its competitors.
  • Software AG products have been evolving at a fast pace, and additional changes are expected in its process orchestration, BAM and other features. Although most of the core integration and event processing technology is proven, some of the predictive analytics and newer cloud capabilities lack much track record.

Alternative to Software AG BPM — Tallyfy

Problem — BPMN makes modelling far too complicated

A great alternative to Software AG would be the ability to model processes simply. Just because you have some big BPMN model doesn’t make it 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 ridiculous to use BPMN in today’s age — where people collaborate and don’t follow flowcharts anyway.

Problem — only IT and business analysts can map processes

Tallyfy is the only tool that enables anyone to map out a process — since most people understand the simplicity of the tool in 60 seconds. The alternative to Software AG’s BPM system is not really an alternative at all — it’s an inevitable switch that business users crave.

Problem — nobody looks at process maps while they work

Tallyfy provides self-service simplicity to workflows, along with the power you need.

Consider a beautiful alternative to Software AG — Tallyfy

It integrates to everything, and it works for everyone. Take a look at Tallyfy – as a viable, user-friendly alternative to Software AG.

Is legacy BPM actually going to work for business users?

Tallyfy is the only process tool that anyone can understand in 60 seconds. Legacy BPM systems can take 6 months to deploy - if they work at all.

In the last 10 years - amazing changes happened to business software. "Old BPM" software is tired and broken. It never worked for business users. Here's why.

  • Users are now deciding to buy software themselves. Old BPM was bought by your IT department, who didn't generally care about user experience - as long as it was made by a large/boring company.
  • Cloud tools are now free to try by anyone, anytime. With Old BPM you had to call sales and wait for 50 questions just to look at it and finally decide it sucks.
  • People want to share workflows with clients. With Old BPM you were stuck with trying to automate internal processes only. Your clients would be very scared and run a mile from it.
  • People expect to integrate cloud tools without IT. With Old BPM you had get engineers to write code to make a simple integration. That's now become a drag-and-drop service.
  • People expect to work on phones. This means giant, clunky flowcharts in Old BPM are dead - because they don't fit on your phone's screen - and only define "the perfect process".
  • People are tired of flowcharts. Old BPM was all about the high priest telling you how a process can/will be done, and you would obey. Now - modern workers and teams are paid to collaborate.
  • People expect all the benefits of the cloud. Old BPM was never cloud-born and was never designed for the cloud. And that creates a massive bunch of missed opportunities.
  • Companies of all sizes need process management - and never had it. Since Old BPM was so expensive and complicated, only large companies could afford it. The rest of us were left out.
  • People are excited about AI - but confused about where to begin. With Old BPM you have zero chance of using AI without an army of engineers. With cloud-born systems like Tallyfy - it's childs' play to use any AI you like to run amazing automations for photos, voice, video and more.
  • The most important part is this - what does Tallyfy offer that BPMN (used by legacy BPM systems) does not? It's true - Tallyfy actually has things you need - that no BPM can offer. Read more about it here

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