Appian embraces work automation for Digital Transformation Platform play

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For some time Appian has pitched itself as much more than a pure ‘BPM platform provider’. Its recent announcements, focused on various work automation technologies, signal that it’s now pushing further, faster. Of course, since its inception Appian has been doing more than ‘just’ BPM. Right from the start, its platform included content and document management and enterprise collaboration tools […]

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The work automation explosion – a fork in the road for process platforms

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There’s an explosion of vendors entering the work automation space. Are the new entrants truly disrupting ‘heritage’ process platforms? Over on LinkedIn yesterday a provocative post caught my eye: proposing that Apple’s acquisition of Workflow and Dell Boomi’s acquisition of ManyWho signal more nails in the coffins of established process application platforms (like those from Appian, […]

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IBM Cloud: the best place to get digital enterprise value from data

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This week at IBM InterConnect 2017, IBM repeatedly stressed the way it wants to differentiate the IBM Cloud from competitors’ cloud platforms: through cognitive and data management services. Given the amount of time, money and people IBM’s put into transforming Watson from a gameshow-playing computer into a toolkit of component learning-system services, it’s probably no surprise that IBM is […]

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Sapiens DECISION: Managing business decision logic at scale

RESEARCH REPORT // PREMIUM

Sapiens DECISION – formed when financial services software specialist Sapiens bought Knowledge Partners, Inc. in 2014 – has a formidable track record as a theory and practice pioneer in the decision management space. It’s pushing hard to expand its audience. Top takeaways A unique proposition for managing business decision logic Founded on a sophisticated, logical […]

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AuraPortal: A quiet but comprehensive process application platform contender

RESEARCH REPORT // PREMIUM

Process Application Platform vendor AuraPortal may not have the market presence of many of its competitors, but it has a significant customer base, particularly in Latin America. Its technology offers organisations with Microsoft-centric environments a very high degree of configurability, over a very broad range of functionality. Top takeaways Under the radar, but an established […]

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Dell Boomi finds a workflow fit with ManyWho

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With its acquisition of ManyWho, Dell Boomi is moving up the stack – adding workflow automation to its existing visual app integration capabilities. But there’s more. Dell Boomi – the independent vendor-to-beat in the integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) space – announced yesterday it has acquired ManyWho, a small provider of a cloud-based, low-code workflow application development […]

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Intelligent automation – time to slow the AI rush?

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Just as mainstream businesses are getting used to the idea of robotic automation of elements of office work, we’re told that we need to be moving beyond robotic automation to intelligent automation. Is it really that time already? If you’re already familiar with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) or Robotic Desktop Automation (RDA) technologies, chances are you […]

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IBM+Salesforce: behind the Watson-Einstein headlines

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On March 6th 2017, IBM and Salesforce announced a new strategic partnership. The new partnership reveals a lot about the situations that both companies are currently in, as well as highlighting the current ‘hotness’ of AI. The headline element of the new IBM-Salesforce Watson Einstein partnership is the integration of IBM’s Watson technologies with Salesforce’s Einstein platform. […]

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Pegasystems growth continues, but clouds remain nebulous

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Pegasystems just announced its full-year financial results for 2016, and as of December 31, it attained a shade over $750m in revenue – that’s a 10% increase over 2015’s total of $682.7m. Pegasystems had been forecasting full-year revenue of $800m as recently as October 2016, and Q4 reported revenue was actually down very slightly over the same period […]

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Software AG’s webMethods Integration Cloud: bridging old and new

RESEARCH REPORT // PREMIUM

The webMethods brand has a B2B integration heritage going back over 20 years. Software AG’s webMethods Integration Cloud is built on webMethods’ initial foundations, and is a key part of Software AG’s broader integration portfolio. Integration Cloud is noteworthy because of the real consideration that’s been taken regarding design lifecycle and change management. Top takeaways […]

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