Interstage BPM was designed from the beginning with flexibility and support for process change.
Processes will have to change over time and Interstage BPM provides high degree of flexibility on how to manage this evolution. First of all, when a new version of an application is installed, Interstage offers the option to let all the previously running processes continue running on the old process model, while the new processes run on the new model. There's no limit on number of versions of the process that can run simultaneously.
Interstage BPM also allows all, or a select set, of the previously running processes to change and run instead on the new version of the model. This is accomplished through a feature called process migration.
Interstage BPM provides capabilities to allow for editing of any in-flight process instance graphically through a web browser without any need for special software.
Yes, business users with the right authorization can modify existing business processes using only a browser. No special software is needed.
Interstage BPM supports pluggable directory services through which authentication and authorization takes place. Active Directory and LDAP-compliant directories (including Unix flavors), are supported out of the box. Other directory services can be plugged into the server.
Interstage BPM provides standards-based architecture, robust APIs, pre-built business functions, customizable adapters and rich connectivity layer for building any custom services or connectors.
Interstage BPM supports clustered deployment, and provides load balancing and fail-over for high availability deployment and operation.
Interstage BPM can be run on a set of servers configured through the use of an application server into a cluster. The application server provides load balancing capabilities so that each client instance gets connected to a different server based on which server has the lightest load, or based on load balancing algorithms configured in the application server. If a server fails for any reason, running process instances are re-routed to other running servers transparently, without any loss of data.
Interstage BPM provides advanced process simulation capabilities to simulate the process within the dev environment and immediately deploy it to trace and test process execution.
Interstage BPM has an Analytics component which provides extensive process performance monitoring capabilities; audit trails, real-time business activity monitoring, and advanced process analytics to help discover weak spots and dynamically respond with changes.
Business processes, metadata and artifacts are persisted in the central Interstage BPM process registry/repository. High degree of flexibility is provided for configuring persistence for the processes and their attributes.
Interstage BPM offers comprehensive simulation capabilities to let user demo process functionality and carry out “what-if” analysis on hypothetical and historical process values.
Interstage BPM provides a number of service adapters to interface with critical resources required for business process deployment, including ALM systems such as TFS 2010.
Business processes is a core asset of any organization. Using BPM solution helps improve core capabilities of any organization, and we see BPM solutions being used by companies and government agencies across a wide spectrum of sizes and industries. Interstage BPM customer base spans organizations from SMB's to G2000 and covers a diverse set of industries, including Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Telecom, Retail, and Energy/Utilities as well and Public Sector.
Interstage BPM is J2EE compliant engine that runs on popular application servers and is certified on IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic, JBoss, and Fujitsu Interstage. J2EE 6 is supported.
Interstage provides an intuitive and easy-to–use IDE (Interstage BPM Studio) designed to accommodate both business and technical users and support entire process lifecycle, from discovery to execution and optimization. Interstage BPM Studio is available as a stand-alone Eclipse application, as well as an Eclipse-plugin, fully leveraging the Eclipse framework capabilities.
Interstage BPM provides a number of service adapters to interface with external resources, including collaboration and document management systems such as MS SharePoint.
Interstage provides decision-making solution that combines the comprehensive XBRL capabilities of XWand with agile and feature-rich Interstage BPM functionality. The complete solution allows users to automate the process of creating, receiving, processing, storing, managing and analyzing XBRL-based documents.
The purpose of BPM is to make people and processes more efficient and productive. Automating the process is an important objective but not the end goal. Interstage BPM solution can help transform your business to new levels of agility, efficiency, and performance.
Interstage BPM provides a number of service adapters to interface with external resources required for business process deployment. Adapters for commonly used resources are supplied with the product, including databases, directories, document management, and collaboration systems.
After consulting Gartner BPM MQ and eliminating products that weren't capable of supporting planned hardware and OS, the remaining vendors were rated using point system with 14 different criteria, including:
Some of the core out-of-the box features that made Interstage BPM the best fit for EPCOR are:
Interstage BPM helped EPCOR to comply with standard business processes mandated by the Utilities Commission along with other individual distribution companies.
This effort was a collaboration amongst business and technical users from multiple levels of the organization, including end-users, business analysts, system analysts, business managers, and executives.
Extensions to integrate BPM with EPCOR applications and databases were developed. Interstage BPM provides extensive set of well documented APIs that made it easy to develop the extensions.
The implementation of Interstage BPM took place over a period of a few months.
At the time the project was initiated, Cloud approach wasn't as popular.
Interstage BPM learning curve for IT analysts was easy, as Java and oracle database skills are easier to find than some proprietary language. Learning to extend Interstage BPM is easy if you have these skills.
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