Architecting the new wave of automation

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This report tackles the subject of ‘automation architecture’ – the practice of deliberately planning and shaping how your organisation invests in work automation technologies. Automation architecture is important because – on the surface at least – numerous technologies have the potential to compete or substitute for each other in enabling the automation of aspects of […]

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OutSystems bags $360m in funding to fuel expansion, innovation

COMMENTARY

Low-code application platform specialist OutSystems has formally announced a colossal $360m funding round. What does it mean? In our recent in-depth profile of OutSystems, we highlighted: “OutSystems bridges two worlds very effectively indeed: first, the world of business process automation; and second, the world of rapid, low-code application development… this is an offering with a […]

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IBM attempts a digital business automation reboot

COMMENTARY

IBM has been one of the biggest influencers in the business process automation space for well over ten years, but recently its interest and energy has faded. It’s attempting to make a comeback – but has it left it too late? Ever since 2005, when IBM began to participate in the development of the BPMN […]

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Appian and Pegasystems: a tale of two growth paths

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Appian and Pegasystems, two Process Application Platform leaders and frequent competitors, both released their full-year financial results in the past week. What do they show us? Appian released its results on February 23rd. Appian’s overall revenue for 2017 grew 33% to $176.7m; net loss widened 148%, from $12.5m a year earlier to $31m. Appian has […]

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Low-code app development – second time around

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Low-code app development tools have existed for over 20 years, but for a long time they were a niche concern. The tradeoffs they brought were too big for many people to embrace. Now we have different circumstances, though, and the technology’s improved, too. It looks like low-code app development tools will go a lot further […]

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Hyperledger Sawtooth, Low-Code app dev, Platformification and iPaaS trends

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Digital technologies are changing work and the workplace faster than ever before. In this 24’36” episode, Research Director Neil Ward-Dutton and Principal Analyst Craig Wentworth discuss the issues behind recent tech industry developments. This week: Hyperledger Sawtooth; the growing market for low-code application development tools; the fashion for turning products into platforms; and what the […]

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OutSystems: Bridging business process automation and low-code development

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OutSystems is a ‘low-code’ model-driven application platform, built from the ground over the past 15 years. Initially offered purely as an on-premises product, OutSystems introduced cloud hosting for its platform in 2013 and now offers its platform as a service on AWS (OutSystems Cloud) and via customer self-service on Microsoft Azure. OutSystems bridges two worlds […]

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TIBCO Cloud Live Apps: mojo returning

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Live Apps is a low-code application platform aimed at helping tech-savvy business teams replace casually-created systems built using SharePoint, Access, or Excel and email. At a high level this is nothing new, although it’s a significant departure for TIBCO; but in the detail there are five important differentiators. When TIBCO bought Staffware in 2004, it […]

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Salesforce Einstein, Thunder and Lightning – just hooks to grab your attention?

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Salesforce’s World Tour rolled into London last week. The company focused heavily on how its Intelligent Customer Success Platform enables developers to pull together IoT (Thunder IoT Cloud) and AI (Einstein) capabilities to power sales and marketing apps (built on the Lightning Platform). When Salesforce talks ‘IoT’, it’s really talking about real-time event processing. It’s […]

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